Australia has banned all people who have an official criminal history of domestic violence against women and/or children from entering the country. The government directive was made by immigration minister David Coleman.
Australia has denied travel visas to singer Chris Brown and boxing star Floyd Mayweather in the past due to domestic violence convictions, and they’re taking this stand against domestic violence one step further by barring any visitor with a domestic violence charge against women or children from entering the country.
The law came into effect on February 28 last year, and it applies to all offenders regardless of where they’re from. To add to that, anyone who is currently visiting or living in Australia on a visa and has a record of domestic violence will be kicked out.
The new law added to existing legislation that withholds or removes visitor visas if the visa holder has been sentenced to 1 year or more in jail.
Immigration Minister David Coleman said in a statement that anyone who has been convicted of a violent crime against women or children is not welcome in the country.
According to him, the barring of foreigners with domestic violence sentencing is just one step in the government’s plan to lower domestic violence-related crime in Australia.
To add to that, he said that these crimes inflict long-lasting trauma on the victims and their family and friends, and foreign criminals who commit them are not welcome in their country.