Another 45 high-risk criminals deported from SA

July 27, 2018

Another 45 convicted criminals living in South Australia have been given marching orders after their visas were cancelled because they were deemed to be of bad character.

The Conservative Party's policy on permanent residents or people visiting Australia on visas who are guilty of significant criminal conduct (both here or overseas) is to deport them.

The Advertiser reports, the 45 visa cancellations last financial year included those of seven child sex offenders, nine drug dealers and one murderer.

Another 15 criminals convicted of serious assaults and other violent offences were also stripped of their visas.

Significantly, two domestic violence offenders in SA also had their visas cancelled and either have been or will be deported.

Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said the Government made no apology for acting against non-Australians who commit serious crime in our communities.

“They forfeit their ability to live in this great country once they break our laws and commit violent or other serious crimes,” Mr Dutton said.

Over the past two years, the Federal Government has used the visa cancellation strategy to crack down on bikies in Australia, with dozens deported using the bad character provisions of the legislation.

Nationally, 907 visas were cancelled the last financial year — most in New South Wales (314) — followed by Queensland with 220.

There were 167 cancellations in Victoria, 145 in Western Australia, 10 in the Northern Territory, five in the ACT and one in Tasmania.

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has told Sydney radio station 2GB's Deb Knight the whole issue of visas and immigration needs reform.

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