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Lives on hold: Refugees and asylum seekers in the 'Legacy caseload' (2019)

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Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019

1. Introduction

  1. The Commission makes this submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee (the Committee) in relation to the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the Bill) introduced by the Australian Government.

Ms HM and Master YM v Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Home Affairs)

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Human Rights Commissioner on the ‘Medevac law’

Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow has given evidence to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee hearing on the Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019 – a Bill that would repeal the so-called ‘Medevac law’.

Migration Amendment (Repairing Medical Transfers) Bill 2019

Summary

Transferring asylum seekers to third countries does not release Australia from its obligations under international human rights law. The Commission considers that the removal of the medical transfer provisions by this Bill would be inconsistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations, specifically the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

Transferring asylum seekers to third countries does not release Australia from its obligations under international human rights law. The Commission considers that the removal of the medical transfer provisions by this Bill would be inconsistent with Australia’s international human rights obligations, specifically the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health.

Commissioners call for compassionate approach for Tamil family

Australian Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell and Human Rights Commissioner Edward Santow have today written to Minister David Coleman, calling for an urgent and compassionate resolution for the Tamil family detained in immigration detention on Christmas Island.

“Given their connection to Australia, showing compassion and allowing the family to stay together in the only community the children have known since birth is in those children’s best interests,” said Children’s Commissioner Megan Mitchell.

Human rights report on transferring asylum seeker families to Nauru

The practice of sending to Nauru families with young children who arrived in Australia seeking asylum is the subject of an inquiry report by the Australian Human Rights Commission tabled in Parliament today.[1]

Mr Richard Lancaster SC, as delegate of the President, found that the regional processing centre on Nauru was not an appropriate place to send families with young children.

Transferring asylum seeker families to Nauru – human rights report

The practice of sending to Nauru families with young children who arrived in Australia seeking asylum is the subject of an inquiry report by the Australian Human Rights Commission tabled in Parliament today.[1]

Mr Richard Lancaster SC, as delegate of the President, found that the regional processing centre on Nauru was not an appropriate place to send families with young children.

Ms BK, Ms CO and Mr DE on behalf of themselves and their families v Commonwealth of Australia (Department of Home Affairs)

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