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Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2021

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2019-2022

 

The Parliament of the

Commonwealth of Australia

 

THE SENATE

 

 

 

 

 

Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2021

 

 

(1)     Schedule 1, page 5 (after line 26), after item 4, insert:

4A  Subsection 501(2)

Omit “The Minister may”, substitute “Subject to subsection (5A), the Minister may”.

4B  Subsection 501(3)

Omit “The Minister may”, substitute “Subject to subsection (5A), the Minister may”.

4C  Subsection 501(3A)

Omit “The Minister must”, substitute “Subject to subsection (5A), the Minister must”.

4D  After subsection 501(5)

Insert:

          (5A)  The Minister may not, under this section, cancel a visa that has been granted to a person if the person:

                     (a)  has resided in Australia for a continuous period of at least 10 years; or

                     (b)  arrived in Australia from overseas when the person was less than 10 years old.

[cancellation of visas]

(2)     Schedule 1, page 5 (after line 30), after item 5, insert:

5A  After subsection 501(6)

Insert:

          (6A)  Conduct that was engaged in by a person when the person was less than 18 years old must not be taken into account in determining whether the person passes the character test.

[character test]