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Labor accuses Coalition of playing politics with ‘women and children’s lives’ in pushing visa cancellation bill

says immigration minister already has power to deport temporary visa holders who perpetrate

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Kristina Keneally has warned the government against playing “wedge politics with and children’s lives” after pressure from the immigration minister, , to pass the Coalition’s visa cancellation bill.

Hawke will use the October and November sittings of parliament to push for a vote on the controversial Strengthening Character Test bill, which lowers the bar for cancellation of visas after conviction of offences such as breaching an apprehended violence order.

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