Australia to refuse visas for domestic violence offenders

Visitors to Australia can be refused entry or kicked out if they have been convicted of domestic violence, under a new federal government directive.
Immigration Minister David Coleman’s decision came into force on Thursday, barring anyone who has committed violence against women or children from the country.
Minister Coleman referred to two cases in particular where the department’s visa decision had been overturned by the tribunal.
“There is a case of a person who was guilty of assaulting his young son, who was denied a visa. The administrative appeals tribunal overturned that.
“There was a case of a person who was applying for a student visa who was guilty of assaulting his wife, who was denied a visa. And the administrative appeals tribunal overruled that.”
Current laws only allow the government to revoke the visas of foreigners who fail a character test or who have spent 12 months in jail.
[category Aust, domestic violence]

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