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
“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.