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Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2021


Type
Government
Originating house
House of Representatives
Status
Not Proceeding
Portfolio
Home Affairs

Summary

Amends the Migration Act 1958 to: amend the character test by providing grounds to consider visa cancellation or refusal where a non-citizen has been convicted of offences involving violence against a person, weapons, breaching of an apprehended violence order (or similar) or non-consensual sexual acts; provide that, for an offence involving violence against a person, a person's conviction for an offence of common assault, or equivalent, will not be taken to be a conviction for a designated offence unless the act constituting the offence causes or substantially contributes to bodily harm to another person, or harm to another person's mental health, or involves family violence; and make consequential amendments.

Progress of bill

For committee reference information, please see the Notes section at the end of this page.

House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 24/11/21  
Second reading moved 24/11/21  
Second reading debate 16/02/22  
Second reading agreed to 16/02/22  
Third reading agreed to 16/02/22  
     
Senate
Introduced and read a first time 30/03/22  
Second reading moved 30/03/22  
Lapsed at end of Parliament 25/07/22  
     

Text of bill

  • First reading

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Explanatory memoranda

  • Explanatory memorandum

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Second reading speeches


Proposed amendments

Senate
  • Australian Greens [sheet 1562]
MCKIM, Sen Nick

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  • Australian Greens [sheet 1561]
MCKIM, Sen Nick

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Schedules of amendments

Bills Digest



Notes
  • Referred to Committee (25/11/2021): Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee; Committee report (28/01/2022)
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (01/12/2021): Senate Standing Committee for the Scrutiny of Bills; Scrutiny Digest 18 of 2021
  • Considered by scrutiny committee (08/12/2021): Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights; Report 15 of 2021