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.
Regional protection and cooperation
With around 7.7 million refugees, asylum seekers, internally displaced persons and stateless people in the Asia-Pacific region, the phenomenon of forced displacement is too great for any one State to address alone. However, increasingly stringent border control and interception measures have reduced the protection space in the region. International cooperation is essential to help States respond to the needs of forced migrants entering and moving through their territories.
With a special focus on Indonesia and Cambodia, this project looks at best practices for protection and cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region, and the law that governs these matters at the international and regional levels.
Project director: Madeline Gleeson
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