Mark Freeman writes: Re. "Dutton takes a casual 43 minutes to destroy two men's lives" (yesterday). I usually have a lot of time for the considered opinions of Greg Barns. However his piece on the deportation saga of two serial criminals was rather wanting. Nowhere in the article does he explain how or why deportation was being applied for.

I've travelled extensively and have always considered myself a guest when in a foreign land. I can't imagine claiming rights to remain should I be convicted of a crime. I'm regularly surprised that so many people are able to stay in Australia after many convictions. Having family responsibilities seems a poor reason to excuse proven bad character.