- The High Court faces its first challenge to fast-track immigration laws as Chinese refugees contest “punitive” visa conditions.
- Under new conditions, some offenders released from custody will have to wear ankle bracelets and adhere to a curfew.
- Opposition parties say the new law was “necessary” for public safety.
Court documents filed Wednesday on behalf of S151 say the bill exceeds Congress’ authority to impose “conditions that are punitive in nature.”
His lawyers say the curfew is “typical of a criminal sentence or house arrest and is not a result of administrative visa regulations imposed by the executive branch (government).”
The released detainees included three murderers and several sex offenders, while many others were detained after committing lesser crimes and were awaiting deportation.
“Ultimately, we have produced a bill that the government claims is constitutionally sound, and I know that the government will vigorously defend this bill in the High Court in this challenge. ”
https://www.sbs.com.au/news/article/opposition-says-no-alternative-to-fast-tracked-immigration-laws-amid-high-court-challenge/pxde0yks1 Opposition parties say there is ‘no alternative’ to fast-track immigration law amid High Court challenge