Australia to refuse visas for domestic violence offenders

Australia

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.

“If you’ve been convicted of a violent crime against women or children, you are not welcome,” Mr Coleman said.

“Wherever the offence occurred, whatever the sentence, Australia will have no tolerance for domestic violence perpetrators.”

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.

Readers seeking assistance over domestic violence can contact 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732) or Lifeline 13 11 14.

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