AUS Minister's misinformed tweet puts Vishal Jood's life in danger: Lawyer sets the record straight.
Updated: Oct 20, 2021
News Published by NRI Herald Australia 20 October 2021
"Alex Hawke" who is an Australian Liberal Party politician serving as Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs since December 2020 has created a furore among Australian-Indian Community when he shared a misinformed article written by a private news portal which was carrying a photo of a private citizen to promote his "statement."
Alex Hawke Misinformed tweet:
On 17th October 2021 (Sunday) Mr Hawke tweeted via his verified twitter handle an article written by a Australian private media portal which was not only misinformed, legally and factually incorrect but was fallacious on many levels.
Minister's Tweet stated:
"Attempts to undermine Australia's social cohesion will not be tolerated"
Below are some of the snapshot of the misinformed article published by the private news portal.
As per the article by private news portal , Mr Hawke made an official statement:
“The man was an unlawful non-citizen at the time of his arrest. The Morrison Government takes very seriously its responsibility to protect Australians from non-citizens who engage in criminal conduct. We will always act decisively to protect our community.”
Vishal Jood's Lawyer Mr. Amarendra K Singh gives befitting reply to fake news mongers & sets the record straight.
While talking to NRI Herald Vishal Jood's Lawyer as well as renowned Barrister in NSW Mr Amendra Singh said:
"It is incumbent on a Cabinet Minister issuing a statement to provide a complete, balanced and objective account of the issue he is communicating about"
Mr Singh added: His (Minister's) approach to this issue is highly unusual. He (Mr Alex Hawke):
Tweets a link from private news portal carrying a picture of Vishal Jood.
States that Vishal was an unlawful non-citizen at the time of his arrest.
States that "attempts to undermine Australia’s social cohesion will not be tolerated."
Refers to an "unfortunate event that has seen our resilient local Hindu and Sikh communities unite"
Mr Singh further said: What the Minister omits to tweet is more significant:
That Vishal Jood was not dealt with by the court on the basis that his actions were motivated by animosity towards any community.
That Vishal Jood did not leave Australia because he was deported for committing criminal offences.
Vishal is receiving threats and abuses due to Minister's irresponsible behaviour.
While talking to NRI Herald Mr Singh further said:
Hundreds have now joined the dots in the Minister's tweets and are using it to conclude that Vishal was convicted of hate crimes against Sikhs and was deported because of this. He is receiving threats and abuse; and is being called names such "terrorist."
Vishal's solicitors along with NRI media team have written to the Minister inviting him to clarify his position. However, no response has been received to date.
Mr Singh while tagging Minister Hawke also tweeted on 19th October (yesterday) which says:
"Selective, irresponsible and ill-informed tweets by a cabinet Minister
@AlexHawkeMP . Uses a private news portal carrying a photo of a private citizen to promote his "statement." Vishal Jood was not deported; he was not dealt with on the basis of animosity towards any community"
Further course of action.
"This media defamation of Vishal needs to stop. If people have facts they can produce facts.If they don't have facts and they continue to post comments that causes distress to Vishal Jood to cause him feat and defame his character then their are resources available to him in the legal system both in this country and in India"