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In response to the recent controversy over the reversal of visa cancellations for non-citizens with serious criminal convictions, the Australian government has vowed to replace the existing ministerial directive with a new focus on community safety.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese stressed the need for improved decision-making by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and announced plans to introduce a revised immigration ministerial direction. This move aims to ensure that visa decisions prioritize community protection and common sense.

Immigration Minister Andrew Giles highlighted that recent cases have underscored the importance of these principles, prompting a comprehensive review and the potential re-cancellation of some visas. The Home Affairs Department has also acknowledged lapses in informing officials of AAT decisions, leading to delays in addressing cases involving serious criminal offenders.


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Article Title: Labor reverses course on ministerial ruling that saw criminals given visas
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