Asylum-Seeker Ban Could Affect Those Already In Australia: Bishop
Australia’s Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says contentious changes to visa laws are not aimed at refugees or asylum seekers already in Australia, but has not ruled out that some may be deported. Concerns have been raised that the proposed changes to the Migration Act could affect people on bridging visas in Australia. The Coalition wants to ban those sent to Manus Island or Nauru in recent years from ever obtaining any visa for Australia.
The legislation, to be introduced next week, would apply to those who tried to arrive by boat since mid-2013. Ms Bishop did not rule out the possibility of some people currently in Australia being affected.
She told the ABC that the legislation would only affect the group of people processed offshore, even if they had been brought to Australia afterwards. “My understanding is that this legislation applies to those in offshore processing centres, including those who may have sought for example medical treatment in Australia, but are part of the cohort whose claim for asylum is being processed in a regional offshore processing centre,” she said. “My understanding is also that claims for asylum that have been processed in Australia, as was done under Labor, are not affected.” ABC
Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop.