The Federation of Ethnic Communities Council of Australia, FECCA opposes any proposal to allow for broad, discretionary ministerial powers to review, restrict or cancel visas for people based on membership of a particular community.

Chairperson of FECCA, Joe Caputo said: ‘The expansion of ministerial discretion to allow a visa to be refused or revoked on the basis of nationality or residency threatens the integrity of our immigration system.’

FECCA is concerned about the powers to be granted to the Minister for Immigration and Border Protection in proposed amendments to the Migration Act that allow the minister to “identify any group of people based on a shared common characteristic or circumstance,” and review their visa status.