Tuesday, 27 November 2018
Questions without Notice
Minister for Home Affairs
I'm asked about cancellation of visas by the member. I can inform the House that the Minister for Home Affairs does not have responsibility for the cancelling of visas. That power is actually held by the Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs. The shadow minister may wish to pay attention when ministries are announced, because these things are set out very clearly.
But I'm asked about cancellation of visas. It is very true—absolutely true—that this government has cancelled the visas of 3,000 criminals. As minister I cancelled them. Other ministers cancelled them. Bikies, murderers, rapists—we cancelled their visas. I remember when the member for McMahon and the member for O'Connor were ministers for immigration. I remember that when I became the minister for immigration, one of the first issues that was raised with me was about a certain Australian—he wasn't an Australian, actually. He was a visa holder. They never like me talking about Alex Vella.