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Criminals still in Australia after visas cancelled

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    WE’RE trying to kick them out of the country, but violent criminals are still fighting to remain in Australia after their visas have been cancelled.

    Almost 70 have launched appeals to stop being deported.

    The trend comes as new Department of Immigration figures show a record number of visa cancellations this year, with murderers, rapists and child pornography offenders among those sent packing.

    Under a Section 501 amendment of the Migration Act, the federal immigration minister has the power to cancel a visa on character grounds.

    New figures show there were 1284 visas cancelled in the year to July, including 156 in June alone — up from 983 last year and 580 in 2014-15.

    More than 200 people were deported for engaging in serious drug offences. 

    New Zealanders made up the largest number of 501 cancellations, followed by the UK, Vietnam, Sudan and Fiji.

    Violent assault convictions resulted in 258 foreigners losing their right to remain in Australia, with another 207 sent packing after engaging in serious drug offences.

    Child sex offences led to 75 visa cancellations, while ­another 34 were annulled following rape or other sex ­offence charges.

    Murder led to 25 foreigners having their visas cancelled.

    Nineteen were sent packing after being convicted of child pornography and another 19 visas were cancelled following manslaughter convictions.

    Meanwhile, six foreigners lost their visas after engaging in kidnapping.

    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton says the government now has more resources to cancel visas.

    Immigration Minister Peter Dutton said the government had recently applied extra ­resources to cancel visas of foreigners committing crimes.

    “We are a generous, welcoming nation, but if you are a guest in our country committing crimes against our people, then you will be deported,” Mr Dutton said.

    People who have had their visas cancelled have 28 days to appeal the decision.

    Among the 66 appeals lodged in the Administration Appeals Tribunal this year is that of a New Zealand-born man with 21 theft and drug convictions from offences conducted in his homeland.

    New figures show there were 1284 visas cancelled in the year to July.

    After arriving in Australia in 2013, the man continued his crime spree, committing his first offence within seven months of being granted a visa.

    Among the offences he committed while in Australia was illegal weapon possession after he was found with a “sword, a knife and a knuckle duster” when apprehended in a public place.

    Tribunal deputy president Dennis Cowdroy QC said it was clear the man posed an ­ongoing risk to the Australian community.

    “While the applicant indicated that he has now an ­appreciation of his conduct, suggesting that he will henceforth be law-abiding, such prognosis can be disregarded,” Mr Cowdroy said.

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    There should be no appeals allowed- especially considering they are no doubt paid for by taxpayers here and often with free legal aid. 

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