Changes to what constitutes a ‘character concern’ - and the consequences for people who have had their visas cancelled under character grounds – quietly passed in February when the Australian parliament resumed for two weeks with attention focussed on energy policy and party vote-preference deals in the Western Australia.
As part of the Kaldor Centre’s series of Legislative Briefs, Khanh Hoang explains The Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Act 2017 (Cth). He outlines key issues including: procedural fairness concerns; the potential for double punishment; lack of disclosure of information to the visa holder; and ability to seek judicial review.
The history of Australian refugee policy
The history of Australian refugee policy has been shaped by the political priorities of successive national governments, developments in international refugee law and the evolving nature of forced migration around the world. This project examines Australia’s response to asylum seekers and refugees over the past four decades, including mechanisms for refugee status determination and humanitarian resettlement.
Project director: Dr Claire Higgins
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