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Visa Holders

The Australian government should develop and publicly release criteria for temporary visa holders to be allowed to return to Australia.
 
During the COVID-19 select committee hearing today it was revealed that Australian Border Force officials have no criteria for granting exemptions to the travel ban for ‘compelling and compassionate’ grounds.
 
“The decision making on this has been completely arbitrary, leaving hundreds of people stranded overseas, despite holding valid visas,” Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said.
 

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Families to suffer because of visa changes

Changes to family reunion visa requirements are an attack on families and a cut to Australia’s immigration levels by stealth, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

“It is already too expensive and takes too long for families to be reunited through Australia’s visa system,” Senator McKim said.

“By more than doubling the financial requirements for family reunion visas, Peter Dutton is robbing families of the chance to be together unless they are very well off.”

“It is a slap in the face for migrant families, and a cut to immigration levels by stealth.”

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Visa fees will only entrench disadvantage

Exorbitant fees for parental visas are deeply unfair and will entrench disadvantage, Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim says.

"The government has finally acknowledged the problems caused by the massive fees in place for parental solution, but this new class of visa won't go anywhere near fixing it," Senator McKim said.

"A $10,000 visa fee will be a huge burden to migrant families, especially when they will be forced to pay for private health insurance on top of that."

"Those who can't afford to pay such exorbitant costs will be left in the lurch."

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Parliament should have the power to block Trump

The Greens will move to amend Australia's visa laws to give Parliament the power to block foreign leaders from visiting Australia on the grounds of character.

"Parliament is sovereign in this country," Greens Immigration spokesperson Senator Nick McKim said

"Consistent with our position that Parliament should have the final say on Australia going to war, we believe that Parliament should have the right to refuse entry to, or deport, foreign leaders on the basis of their character."

"This issue has been crystallised for us by Donald Trump becoming US President."

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Dutton's push for White Australia Policy Mark II

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton's proposed visa changes are deeply xenophobic and a continuation of his attack on multiculturalism in Australia.

"This nothing less than a blueprint to return our country to the divisive days of the White Australia Policy," Greens Immigration spokesperson Nick McKim said.

"As the Department of Social Services noted, this proposal will 'undermine Australia's social cohesion' and create a two-tiered society."

"This will increase the risk factors that cause violent extremism."

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