“We have formally notified Hong Kong and advised the Chinese authorities,” he said.
The Prime Minister said that Australia has also updated its travel advisory for Hong Kong, warning Australians of the possibility of detention in the city under the “vague” law.
Morrison also announced a pathway to permanent residency in Australia for Hong Kong citizens looking to leave the city due to the imposition of the law.
Current students or skilled visa holders in Australia from Hong Kong will be afforded an extra five years on their visa, with a pathway to permanent residency, he said, adding that future students or skilled visa applicants will also be granted those five extra years should their applications be successful.
“There will be citizens of Hong Kong who may be looking to move elsewhere, to start a new life somewhere else, to take their skills and their business and the things that they have been running under the previous set of rules and arrangement in Hong Kong,” Morrison said.
He also encouraged businesses based in Hong Kong to relocate to Australia.
Around 10,000 Hong Kongers are currently in Australia, Morrison said, adding that he doesn’t expect large numbers of applications for new visas in the short term.
New Zealand on Thursday said it was reviewing its relationship with Hong Kong following imposition of the security law.
“This will be a deliberate, considered review across all of our settings, including extradition arrangements, controls on exports of strategic goods, and travel advice.”