Good – its way over due to stop illegals gaming the system.
Better would be abolishing the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
IMMIGRATION Minister Scott Morrison will personally cancel the visas of undesirable residents from now on, denying them any right of appeal.
The announcement comes after the Administrative Appeals Tribunal stopped the planned deportation of New Zealander Sean Gabriel, who had a hand in the 2008 violent robbery of prominent Melbourne doctor Mukesh Haikerwal and four others.
That decision was made by the department, and Mr Gabriel's appeal to the AAT ended in a ruling he would have difficulty adjusting to life in New Zealand and should stay.
The decision was criticised by Dr Haikerwal, who worried victims' rights were not properly being considered.
Mr Morrison will personally oversee the cancellation of people's visas on character grounds - a decision that is not open to AAT review.
The minister's move came as another case emerged of the AAT allowing a Vietnamese man with a long criminal history to remain in Australia.
Tuan Anh Hoang, 40, successfully appealed against the cancellation of his visa despite a 17-year-long criminal record - driven by a need to fund his continuing heroin addiction - which included robbery, thefts, weapons offices and crimes of dishonesty.
Although there was "a significant possibility that he might reoffend", Mr Hoang's strong family connections in Australia meant he should stay, AAT deputy president Brian Tamberlin found.
"I consider that the degree and duration of Mr Hoang's ties to Australia over a period of 20 years ... outweigh the need for protection of the Australian community in this case," he wrote.
A spokeswoman for Mr Morrison said he was considering advice on both cases.
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