Adelaide Law School team submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee in relation to the Migration Amendment Bill 2012

Associate Professor Alex Reilly, Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Dr Matthew Stubbs wrote a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee in relation to the Migration Amendment (Unauthorised Maritime Arrivals and Other Measures) Bill 2012. The Bill prevents persons arriving by boat without a visa from applying for asylum and facilitates the removal of asylum seekers to other countries for processing of their refugee claims. The Committee invited the Adelaide team to give evidence to the Committee in Canberra, and Alex made the trip on Thursday 31 January. The Adelaide Law school submission highlighted a number of human rights concerns with the Bill, as well as suggesting the abandonment of the concept of an ‘off shore excised place’ in the Migration Act, and modifying the detention regime, to remove various redundant categories of detention and replacing mandatory with discretionary detention.

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