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SCoA Submission to the Senate Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs: Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2019

In this submission, SCoA outlines concerns with the introduction of the category of ‘designated offences’ to the Character Test and the departmental discretion around cancelling a visa on the basis of character.  Passage of the Bill means long term residents who are not given prison sentences could be deported, including those whose only family ties are in Australia, young people convicted of minor offences, such as shoplifting, and people with caring responsibilities in Australia.  It could also create a sense of alienation by refugees and other migrants who feel insecure and that they are treated differently from other Australians, threatening social cohesion.

Read the full submission below.