Independent Member for Indi Cathy McGowan voted against legislation proposed by the government that could allow visas to be denied to people based on nationality or religion.
“I believe the proposed amendment puts too much power in the hands of the Minister without parliamentary oversight,” Ms McGowan said.
“The measures are unnecessary and give the Minister power to discriminate purely on the basis of nationality or religion.
“It is not in Australia’s best interests to go down this path.”
The legislation passed the House of Representatives and will now go to the Senate.