Australia to bar visitors with domestic violence convictions

Visitors found guilty of violence against women and children will be expelled or banned from entering Australia, Immigration Minister David Coleman announced Sunday as Canberra stepped up his fight against foreign offenders.

The new laws, which came into effect on Thursday, build on existing legislation, denying entry visas to people sentenced to at least one year in prison.

“Australia does not tolerate the perpetrators of domestic violence,” Coleman said in a statement.

“If you have been convicted of a violent crime against women or children, you are not welcome in this country,” he said, adding that no minimum threshold was required.

In the past, Australia has already denied visas to American rapper Chris Brown, convicted of defeating pop diva Rihanna in 2009, and boxing star Floyd Mayweather, who has been repeatedly convicted of domestic violence.

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