The Morrison Government which is known for its strict border protection policies has made it clear that it will never condone domestic violence.
Recently, Immigration Minister David Coleman’s promulgated a directive that would deny entry to anyone who was guilty of committing violence against women or children came into force:
“Entering and staying in Australia is a privilege and non-Australians are expected to abide by the laws. If you’ve been convicted of a violent crime against women or children, you are not welcome”.
Coleman clarified that under the new bill visitors will be barred from entering Australia or kicked out if they had been convicted for domestic violence.
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.
“Wherever the offence occurred, whatever the sentence, Australia will have no tolerance for domestic violence perpetrators,” stressed Coleman.
The new federal government directive is not limited to decision-makers inside the Department of Home Affairs as it also applies to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal:
“There have been a number of cases where decision-makers within the government have refused a visa to someone who has been guilty of domestic violence. And in the administrative appeals tribunal has sought to reinstate that visa.”
Minister Coleman highlighted 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,” he said.