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Migration Amendment (Character and General Visa Cancellation) Bill 2014

Originating house
House of Representatives
Before Reps
Immigration and Border Protection


Amends the Migration Act 1958 to enable a visa to be cancelled or refused for certain non-citizens by: broadening the power to refuse to grant or to cancel a visa on character grounds; allowing the minister to require a state or territory agency to disclose personal information relevant to the character test; providing for lower thresholds for cancelling temporary visas; strengthening ministerial decision making powers in relation to general visa cancellation provisions; and introducing a mandatory visa cancellation for certain non-citizens who do not pass the character test.

Progress of bill

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House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 24/09/14  
Second reading moved 24/09/14  
Second reading debate 22/10/14  
Second reading agreed to 22/10/14  
Third reading agreed to 22/10/14  

Text of bill

  • First reading


Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum


Second reading speeches

Proposed amendments

No proposed amendments have been circulated.

Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest

  • Referred to Committee (25/09/2014): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Report due 24/11/2014
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