Covid breaches could lead to deportation in Australia

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Sarah Peddie

Temporary visa holders in Australia who break coronavirus health orders could be deported says Immigration Minister.

Alex Hawke, the Immigration Minister said that temporary visa holders like backpackers and holiday makers who break the coronavirus health rules could be stripped of their visas and be deported back home. 

The warning came after police were called to Bronte Beach in Sydney where a large crowd had gathered for a party on Christmas Day.

Videos of the crowds were circulating on social media which showed the young people dancing and singing - breaching Covid regulations. 

Sydney is battling a new outbreak of the virus which started just before Christmas. 

This then sparked a quick re-introduction of restrictions which included ban on holiday gatherings and a lockdown in the worst affected area in the Northern Beaches. 

The Immigration Minister said on a Sydney radio station: “If someone is threatening public safety or health, their visa can be cancelled and revoked.

“Certainly, the federal government is looking at that issue in the lead-up to New Year’s Day as well.

“There are many options available to the department: you can put them into immigration detention, however, we’re very happy to deport people, if people are flagrantly disobeying public health orders.”

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