'You killed our family': Protesters storm Coast conference
ABOUT 300 members of a government tribunal arriving at a $500,000 junket on the Sunshine Coast yesterday were ambushed by the angry family of a couple who were murdered in 2013.
Bus loads of members of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal were arriving at the luxury Twin Waters Resort for the taxpayer-funded talkfest when banner-waving members of the Aylward family began shouting at them.
Korinne Aylward, 35, and Greg Tucker, 54, were murdered in Melbourne in 2013 by Turkish man Mustafa Kunduraci. The forerunner to the AAT had twice overturned decisions to keep him out of Australia. The couple's three children, now aged 10, 8, and 6, were in the house when Kunduraci stabbed their parents repeatedly in a dispute over a plastering work debt.
About five family members yelled "AAT killed our family" and "stop the AAT from setting killers free" at startled tribunal members taking their luggage from buses about 11.30am.
Resort security shut the protest down, escorting the family to their car while ordering tribunal members who had already checked in to avoid walking near the family.
Korinne's sister Maria said the family had planned to obey any directions from staff as part of a peaceful protest, but wanted to deliver a message directly to tribunal members.
"Bureaucrats need to see our faces and the lives they're affecting when they make these decisions," she said.
"There needs to be consequences when they make such fatal decisions. These guys are seen to be untouchable but they seem to be able to make these decisions over and over again and they're putting people's lives at risk."
The cost of all flights, accommodation, food and alcohol will be covered by taxpayers during the three-day conference.
The AAT is the federal review body that has saved scores of criminals from deportation since 2010, including eight killers, 66 other violent thugs, 17 sex creeps, 23 armed robbers and 33 drug dealers.
Korinne's father Gavin said finding out last month that the tribunal had let his daughter's killer stay in the country was like having the murder happen all over again.
"We want the AAT to be responsible for their decisions and accountable if they let killers into the country," he said.