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Immigration minister Alex Hawke has spoken again about potentially deporting temporary visa holders found to have breached Covid-19 restrictions.
The recently appointed cabinet minister told 2GB Radio this morning he had instructed the Department of Home Affairs to work with NSW authorities to investigate mass gatherings, and that temporary visa holders found to have “flagrantly” disobeyed public health orders could have their visas cancelled, be put into immigration detention or be deported on chartered flights.
We do have the power to cancel visas under the Covid requirements with breaching public health and safety of Australians. So we will do that, and we will act where necessary.
Australians expect that their government will act – and we will act – if people continue to breach their conditions and risk public health and safety.