A Sunshine Coast's man's application for a Blue Card was rejected.
A Sunshine Coast's man's application for a Blue Card was rejected.

Does this man deserve more punishment for young mistakes?

A FEW dumb mistakes made as a teenager has forced a young adult to put his dreams of becoming a teacher on hold.

Ziddane Khattab has deferred his education degree at the University of the Sunshine Coast because he hasn't been able to get a Blue Card.

An attempt to have his negative notice for the Blue Card from the Public Safety Business Agency set aside by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal was unsuccessful.

Without a Blue Card, the 22-year-old is unable to participate in any of the practical components of the degree.

The keen sportsman is also unable to coach footy or "help other young kids in boxing".

"It is what it is," Mr Khattab said.

"I wanted to help younger kids who are in my situation. I found it a bit hard to concentrate and got dragged away with bad ideas when younger."

The court documents, printed this week, showed Mr Khattab pleaded guilty to a robbery charge he committed in Melbourne when he was 18.

But the circumstances around the robbery charge were unusual.

The man Mr Khattab was driving with had the more significant role in the crime and Mr Khattab returned the stolen item and informed police about his involvement in the case.

Despite this, he was convicted and fined $2,000 on January 29, 2014.

No conviction was recorded because of his guilty plea and his "good prospects of rehabilitation".

Mr Khattab moved to Queensland shortly after the robbery to live with his mum, but his run ins with police continued.

His other charges, for which no convictions were recorded, included a stealing offence in which he testified he had taken "two bottles of alcohol" when he was with university friends.

In May 2014, he was also fined with no conviction recorded when police stopped him at 4.25am and found a tommy-hawke tucked into his shorts he said he was going to use for crabbing.

His mum testified to the Tribunal her son had "changed dramatically in the last two years", that he had good friends and was working hard and was involved in many outdoor activities.

He had apologised many times for his past behaviour and said he was generous, helpful and caring.

Mrs Khattab said she was "surprised and delighted" when he indicated he wanted to work with children and undertake tertiary studies.

She testified he was "very, very devastated" when he received a negative notice for his Blue Card application.

The Chief Executive of the Public Safety Business Agency argued Mr Khattab had a criminal history and had not demonstrated his case was exceptional whereby it would not harm the best interest of children to be issued with a positive notice.

The Tribunal upheld this decision.

Mr Khattab decided to defer his studies and undertake full time work because he was unable to get a Blue Card.

"I definitely made mistakes when I was 18," he said.

"I've moved forward now, but I am still paying for it.

"I'm not complaining, I must pay for my mistakes."

"I wish I had had a crystal ball and could have seen into the future."



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