Proposal for the 10-year ban on visa applications has been discarded after rejection from Australian Senate. This was proposed for applicants who provided misleading or false information including any errors committed. The Greens tabled a resolution in the Australian Senate for rejecting the proposal for tough new rules and it was passed.
The disallowance motion tabled by the Greens in the Australian Senate was passed with 31 votes in favor and 29 votes against. This was possible due to the support of Senators from Nick Xenophon Team and Labor party. The result is that the regulations that also included even error on applications have been repealed.
The regulations were announced in November this year. As per these tough laws, any applicant who furnished misleading or false material for the visa application would be banned for ten years. They would not be permitted to submit any new visa application for these 10 years. It was applicable even for errors committed in the application.
The earlier laws barred visa application only for 12 months, as quoted by the SBS. Nick McKim the Greens senator reacted strongly over the proposed law by Peter Dutton the Immigration Minister. He said that these were punitive, draconian, and disproportionate.
The result of the tough laws would have been devastating. Even people who would not have done anything wrong or even duped by illegal migration agents would be risked deportation or detention. The new tough regulations were wide-ranging. It included omissions of fact, inaccurate statements and fake documents such as work experience records as well.
On the other hand, Pauline Hanson the One Nation leader said that concerns being expressed by Greens were blown up.
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