Australia posts code of conduct for asylum-seekers
SYDNEY (AFP) - Asylum-seekers living in Australia face having their welfare payments cut, visas cancelled or being placed in detention if they breach a new code of conduct forbidding anti-social behaviour that sparked condemnation on Tuesday.
The code, which came into force on Saturday and applies to those on bridging visas, contains a list of expected behaviour for living in Australia - including that applicants obey all laws, including road rules.
It says visa holders must cooperate with all reasonable requests from the government about their visa status, including to attend interviews, and obey any health direction issued by the immigration department's chief medical officer.
In addition, they cannot "harass, intimidate or bully" anyone or engage in "any anti-social or disruptive activities that are inconsiderate, disrespectful or threaten the peaceful enjoyment of other members of the community".