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A Bill for an Act to remove unnecessary and unjust ministerial discretion relating to assessments of the character and conduct of visa applicants, and for related purposes
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Registered 17 Mar 2008
Introduced Senate 14 Aug 2006




Explanatory Memorandum


Senator Bartlett


Migration Legislation Amendment (Provisions Relating to Character and Conduct) Bill 2006


This bill seeks to repeal the Migration Legislation Amendment (Strengthening of Provisions Relating to Character and Conduct) Act 1998 which increased the Minister's power to refuse or cancel visas on character grounds.  Experience has borne out concerns expressed at the time the amending bill of 1998 was passed that there are insufficient protections in place to prevent unjust or unfair outcomes.