Senate debates

Thursday, 20 September 2018


Migrants Convicted of Being a Member of a Terrorist Organisation

12:10 pm

Photo of Anne RustonAnne Ruston (SA, Liberal Party, Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific) Share this | Hansard source

The first priority of the government is to keep Australian citizens safe. Noncitizens who commit crimes are subject to visa cancellations and deportations. Since being elected, the government has cancelled the visas of over 3,700 noncitizens on character grounds, including more than 190 bikies, 300 for child sex offences and almost 1,200 people for assault and other violent crimes. Australian citizens who commit crimes including terrorist offences are subject to criminal prosecution. The government has passed legislation to strip the Australian citizenship of dual nationals who commit terrorism or acts contrary to their allegiance to Australia. So far a total of six dual nationals have been stripped of their Australian citizenship.


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