The Albanese Labor Government has the ability to protect all Australian citizens from violent and criminal offences but instead is going soft on these criminals.
The Coalition Government took very seriously our responsibility to protect Australians from non-citizens who engaged in criminal conduct and acted decisively to protect our community – we did this by cancelling and refusing visas of over 10,000 serious criminals.
Non-citizens convicted of offences like child abuse, rape, breaching Apprehended Violence Orders and possessing illegal weapons do not belong in our community.
Any move by Labor to undermine the safety of our citizens will weaken our national security and do our community a great disservice.
The Labor Government needs to urgently clarify the vague directive given to Department of Home Affairs staff who make primary considerations when determining if to cancel someone’s visa.
Labor should protect Australian citizens and the people who live here and abide by our laws – instead of prioritising foreign nationals convicted of serious crimes who fail the character test.
An Australian visa is a privilege that should be denied to those who pose a threat to the safety of Australians and our way of life.
Labor needs to apologise to the victims of these criminals.