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Minister says Hong Kong citizens in Australia could be sent back if they fail visa tests – The Guardian

Acting immigration minister says anyone who is a bad character or security concern would be returned



Alan Tudge has refused to guarantee that people from Hong Kong who fear persecution will not be sent back, explaining Australia decided to offer visa extensions and not safe haven visas in order to attract serious talent.
The acting immigration minister made the comments on ABCs Insiders, defending the decision to offer a five-year extension to Hong Kongers already in Australia which drew Chinas ire and Labor criticism the plan did not live up to the governments hype of offering safe haven.
On Thursday the Australian government offered people from Hong Kong five-year graduate and skilled worker visas, providing a pathway to permanent citizenship, and signalling further concessions for future applicants to attract entrepreneurs.
Tudge said the government had decided not to offer separate safe-haven visas because we already have a humanitarian visa in place and we decided on deliberately targeting serious talent which is in Hong Kong, and businesses which have their regional headquarters in Hong Kong.
We want to grab some of that talent for Australia, because they come here, they generate businesses, they create jobs, they create wealth for Australians.
Tudge said that people from Hong Kong had the option to apply for a humanitarian visa if they can prove they would suffer persecution when they return, and revealed that 137 Hong Kongers had applied in the past 12 months.
He accepted that the national security laws

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