The Daighila Deportation Debacle: Some Thoughts
More insights into the recent Daihila debacle.
Here’s what our good friend Steve Towson (from the Brisbane based band Steve Towson & The Conscripts) wrote to me via MySpace:
Just read the article on Daighlia and their following comments – some interesting comments and some hmm weird thoughts…
I was wandering if it would be possible to write an article for Ricecooker about Immigration and Customs in OZ and what happens here for Australians and what Malaysians or anyone MUST understand from a basic rights point of view.
for example any more then 3 cds, cassettes etc of a singular release (eg. Steve Towson “Shah Mat” even if an Australian brings it in) is considered a violation of customs. For an Australian this means a fee; for a foreign citizen, it’s a violation of customs and reason to reject application.
Saying your are touring as a musician and not working is also a violation of a tourist visa as it is technically work and a person should be using a Entertainment Visa. Daighlia were lucky to get away with a slap on the wrist.
Entertainment Visas are complicated process, Ive looked into it $$$$$tousands of dollars to apply and you need criminal record and health records certified by your home government
anyway – that is a brief speel. Let me know you thoughts and if you see the Daighlia crew – pass on my sympathies and regrets, customs and immigration anywhere in the world are fucked places.
All the best