High Court “disaster”
The lawyers will be cracking open the Moet champagne but the country has suffered a disaster with this High Court ruling. THE High Court has unanimously rejected the federal government's attempt to keep asylum-seekers on Christmas Island outside the protection of Australian law. In a landmark ruling handed down by the full bench of the High Court this morning, the court determined that two Sri Lankan Tamil asylum-seekers, M61 and M69, had been denied procedural fairness.
David Manne, executive director of the Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, who co-ordinated the High Court challenge, said: “This is a great decision for the rule of law in this country. “The court has unanimously ruled that these decisions on our clients' cases were unfair and unlawful because the government was not applying ordinary Australian laws on decisions on these life or death matters.”Well, that's David Manne's opinion but to classify this as 'life and death matters' lends false gravitas and, I for one, don't think refugees should have the rights of citizens until they are citizens. In my mind, the only winners are the lawyers in the Human Rights industry, the two Tamil Tigers plus, of course, every other future 'life style shopping' boaty. What now for East Timor? Forget it - the government will be too busy processing claims once the news hits the People Smuggler Network News to try and come up with any solution to their self-inflicted wound.
The Australian government and the immigration minister have been ordered to pay the pair's legal costs.Which translates as a mob of legal practitioners are going to be handed a lot of money as payment for their efforts in making it harder to run the country's borders in any sort of organized manner. So, not only have we exhorted the people smugglers and 'life style shoppers' to greater efforts, but if we don't want them to live here for any legitimate reason we will totally fund their appeal to the High Court to force us to give them what they want - permanent residency. Something wrong there!