Australia Won't Give Visas To People With Domestic Violence Convictions

Australian lawmakers have brought in a policy that allows them to refuse entry to people with domestic violence convictions.

The policy also allows authorities to kick foreigners out of the country if they harm their partner or child in Australia, according to the Daily Mail.

Immigration officials were only allowed to deny granting a person a visa if they had been in jail for longer than a year, but they've now upped the ante.

Immigration Minister David Coleman said: "Entering or remaining in Australia is a privilege and it is expected that non-citizens are, and have been, law-abiding.

"These crimes can inflict long lasting trauma on the victims and their friends and family."

The laws have been strengthened after several cases where people were allowed to come into the country after an appeals tribunal overturned their cancelled visa.

Credit: PA
Credit: PA

Mr Coleman continued: "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."

Australian authorities famously banned rapper and singer Chris Brown from entering the country for his assault on his former girlfriend Rihanna.

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Stewart Perrie is a Trending Journalist at LADbible. His first job was as a newsreader and journalist at the award winning Sydney radio station, Macquarie Radio. He was solely responsible for the content broadcast on multiple stations across Australia when the MH17, Germanwings and AirAsia disasters unfolded. Stewart has covered the conflict in Syria for LADbible, interviewing a doctor on the front line, and has contributed to the hugely successful UOKM8 campaign.

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