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Proposed amendments to the ASIO Act introduced into Federal Parliament today would ensure that refugees indefinitely detained on the basis of ASIO security assessments would have the same right to appeal those assessments as everyone else.

The HRLC strongly supports the proposed changes, introduced by Andrew Wilkie MP, and a number of other groups including security chiefs, libertarians and the UN Human Rights Committee have also previously called for reform.

The HRLC’s Director of Legal Advocacy, Daniel Webb, said there’s no other context in Australian law where a person can be indefinitely detained on the basis of a secretive decision that’s never explained to them and which they can’t appeal.

The High Court will sit in Canberra on the 14 and 15 of October to consider the legality of the Australian Government’s decision to detain 157 Tamil asylum seekers on board a customs vessel on the High Seas for nearly a month.

Proposed amendments to the Migration Act would significantly increase the risk of people being returned to persecution, the HRLC has said in a submission to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee.

 
 

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Tackling crime the smart way

Tackling crime the smart way

11 September 2014

The Human Rights Law Centre, in conjunction with the Wheeler Centre and Smart Justice, will be hosting a panel discussion on ‘Tackling Crime the Smart Way’.

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