Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced on Thursday the suspension of the extradition agreement with Hong Kong and has offered certain people in Hong Kong an extension of their visa in response to the new national security law for the China-approved area.
According to Morrison, who has accused China of “suppressing dissent and personal liberties,” the extradition agreement is suspended because the controversial law “represents a fundamental change in circumstances,” according to ABC television.
With regard to visas, the prime minister has decided that work and study will be expanded so that people living in Australia in Hong Kong can stay in the country for five years. This measure offers these people the possibility of permanent residence in the country.
“The main impact of the decisions we are making today will affect the 10,000 people who are already in Australia,” said Morrison, while ensuring that the Australia channels for receiving “humanitarian refugees” remain available to people from Australia are the whole world “.