Clear the deportation backlog: Bernardi

December 05, 2018

Conservative Party leader Cory Bernardi has called for a swift release of a statutory review of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) and for the government to take swift and decisive action on its recommendations, particularly regarding the highly contentious migration and refugee division.

The government commissioned retired High Court justice Ian Callinan AC QC to produce the AAT review by 31 October 2018, yet there had, by the end of November, been no reports on the review being received or responded to by government.

The AAT has frustrated the government's border security policies, granting a number of appeals against deportation, often contrary to community expectations and safety. In some instances, the AAT has held that paedophiles, terrorists, drug traffickers and other criminals meet the 'character' test to remain in Australia, thereby avoiding the deportation ordered by the government.

The volume of cases coming before the tribunal has markedly increased in the most recent reporting year, and a story in News Limited papers yesterday suggested one proposal Hon. Mr Callinan proposes is that new restrictions be added on adducing late evidence in AAT cases.

Senator Bernardi urged the Morrison government to act swiftly to reverse the AAT's bloated bureaucracy and stop the gaming of the system by refugee advocates.

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