In 2018, above 800 criminals were stripped of their Australian visas under laws that mandate 12 months jail term or more for non-citizens to lose their visas. This number includes about 100 found guilty of child exploitation and other children related offenses.
It must be noted that majority of this group had been sentenced for several kinds of violent conducts that include: domestic violence (53 people), murder (13), sexual offenses (34), 125 for assault, 56 for armed robbery as well as 100 convicted of children sexual offenses and exploitation.
No Room for Violence in Australia
While commenting on the situation, Peter Dutton - Minister of Home Affairs, emphasized that Australia will not tolerate people who harm others. Australia is opened to people from all countries of the world but will not hesitate to force out people who think they can perpetrate crimes in the country, says Dutton on Monday.
With this latest figure, the number of people stripped of their Australian visas for criminal conducts now stands at 4150 since 2014. Australia added a compulsory visa cancellation for criminals given 12 months jail term or more in its Migration Act in 2014.
In recent developments, draft laws that could see even more foreign-born criminals being sent out of the country were introduced to the parliament by the federal government in October 2018.
According to this bill, the visa of anyone found guilty of criminal conduct punishable by at least two years jail term could be revoked even if they were eventually given lesser jail term or no jail term at all. Offenses like riots, family violence, carjacking, and home invasions will feature in this circle.
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