Immigration law changes: Will the Coalition get its immigration bill through the Senate?
Posted On June 21, 2021
The new Immigration Legislation Amendment (Amendment) Bill will introduce a number of changes to the current Immigration Act.
This will include: New provisions on the grounds for detention of non-citizens and the circumstances in which they are detained; new provisions on temporary protection visas; the removal of the ‘non-citizen family member’ exclusion for children of noncitizen parents; new grounds for removals from Australia to foreign countries; new safeguards for the treatment of people with disabilities, including a new clause for ‘noncitizen families’ and a new exemption for those with mental illness; and a provision for an extra 30 days in detention for people who arrive at the border unaccompanied by their parents.
The new legislation will be introduced by the Senate’s Joint Standing Committee on Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship.
Key points:The Government has unveiled a new immigration bill that includes changes to existing lawsKey points The Government is proposing to include new provisions to prevent Australians entering the country illegallyNew provisions on detention and removal of noncitizens and people with mental health conditions, including exemptions for children with mental illnesses, will also be introducedThe Government says the new legislation is the best way to deal with the situation of non citizens entering Australia illegally.
It will allow Australian citizens to be detained for up to 60 days without being charged with an offence and will include a number to help deal with situations such as family reunification, child welfare, and the removal and detention of children who have entered Australia without a visa.
The changes to immigration law are part of a package of measures the Government is introducing to deal successfully with the refugee crisis, which has seen more than 7.4 million people arrive on Australian soil this year.
These include: The removal of ‘non citizen family member” exclusion for a family of three in relation to a non-citizens child, and removal from Australia for people with a serious mental illness.
A new section of the Migration Act will allow for the removal, detention or removal from a foreign country of people who enter Australia without permission.
And the new Migration Act, which is a direct result of the recent terror attacks in Paris, includes new safeguards to protect vulnerable people, including the introduction of a new provision for ‘the person’s ‘person’ (a person who is a person who has or is a dependent of the person) to be a ‘person’, subject to the provisions of the Immigration Act, and an exemption from deportation for ‘a person’ to whom the person is not a person.
While it will come as a shock to many, the new amendments to the Migration Bill include a provision that will allow asylum seekers to apply for temporary protection from deportation, and that would also include a new category of people entitled to temporary protection under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.
These measures are being introduced after a series of terror attacks on French soil in late November and early December last year, which resulted in a series, including in the town of Nice in the south of France.
Despite these attacks, Australia has seen a spike in asylum seekers entering the Australian mainland, and since January 2016, there have been a number asylum seekers and refugees arriving on the Australian shores.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Foreign Minister Julie Bishop have repeatedly said Australia’s policy towards refugees should be based on ‘universal values’.
They have also pledged to make sure people coming to Australia are not forced to leave their homes to escape persecution in their home country.
According to figures released by the Australian Council of Refugees (ACORN), about 600,000 people have arrived in Australia in the past year, and of those, approximately one in three have been refugees.
In total, about 8 million people have been registered to apply to enter Australia.