Australia’s visa cancellation on character grounds

Australia’s Human Rights Commissioner has warned that Australia’s visa cancellation on character grounds has led to the arbitrary detention of foreigners in immigration centres.

The warning follows an increasing number of complaints to the human rights commission from people in detention whose visas have been cancelled under the Migration Act.

In the latest report, Human Rights Commission president Rosalind Croucher concludes that the Department of Home Affairs’ current detention review framework does not adequately safeguard against “arbitrary detention”.

“People who have had their visas cancelled or refused under section 501 are at risk of prolonged detention while their status is resolved,” Ms Croucher said.

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