Australia has put a dent in the travel plans of anyone who has ever raised their fists to their partner. Domestic abusers are being kept out of the country in a bid to make it more welcoming and safer.
A Strong Message
The ban affects any foreign visitors who have been found guilty of violence against women or children. It intends to make Australia a safer place, by turning away those with violent pasts.
American R&B singer Chris Brown has already been banned from the country after his horrific abuse of then-girlfriend Rihanna. Boxer Floyd Mayweather is also banned after a similar domestic violence conviction. But now, the two domestic abusers are joined by all others as the Australian government passes this law.
The rule took effect on February 28, 2019, and any perpetrators already in the country may be kicked out, too.
Taking A Stand
“Australia has no tolerance for perpetrators of violence against women and children,” Federal Minister for Immigration, Citizenship and Multicultural Affairs David Coleman said in a public statement. “The message is clear: if you’ve been convicted of a violent crime against women or children, you are not welcome in this country, wherever the offence occurred, whatever the sentence.
“By cancelling the visas of criminals we have made Australia a safer place,” Coleman said. “These crimes inflict long lasting trauma on the victims and their friends and family, and foreign criminals who commit them are not welcome in our country.”
Does It Fix The Issue?
The problems arise when you really look into the issue. This law only affects foreigners visiting or living in Australia, when there is just as big a problem in the country itself. According to a Personal Safety Study conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics, about 17% of Australian women and 6% of Australian men have experienced partner violence since the age of 15. These statistics are largely unchanged since 2005, meaning not enough is being done to help people in these situations.
The New Zealand government has taken issue with the policy, too. They say that domestic abusers who have already served their jail sentence should not be punished further. Their point is that rehabilitation should play a further role in the post-jail period of abusers’ lives. Exporting them simply pushes the problem elsewhere, and does not help the larger issue.
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