A federal judge has rejected a bid by Australia to block a court order forcing it to send hundreds of asylum seekers back to Nantucket.
Key points:The federal government said it would “continue to comply with the court’s order”A lawyer representing the asylum seekers had argued the move would amount to “a dangerous precedent”The court has said the Government had the authority to take back asylum seekers on Nauruan territoryThe judge ruled the request would amount “to a dangerous precedent”.
In his decision released on Thursday, Federal Court Judge Nicholas Leung said he would consider the submissions made by the Australian Law Council, and that “the Government has the authority” to take the refugees back to their countries of origin.
“I find that the Government has a legitimate claim to take all asylum seekers who have been lawfully admitted to Nuremberg,” he said.
“It would not be lawful to deport any of these people to Nudie Island without a visa, without the requisite authority from the courts to take them back.”
Mr Leung’s decision was welcomed by the Immigration Minister Scott Morrison, who said it showed Australia was “doing everything it can to make sure people who come here illegally don’t suffer”.
“Australia’s immigration policies are working to ensure we have the safety and security of our people, and we will continue to comply fully with the law,” he told ABC Radio in Melbourne.
“The Australian Law Act and the Migration Act are both set out to ensure that we respect the dignity of our immigration laws and the rule of law, and to prevent people who have committed serious offences from coming to Australia.”‘
An appalling act’Australia’s Minister for Immigration, Scott Morrison says Australia is “doing whatever it can” to prevent the return of asylum seeker boats to NodolandThe court order was handed down in November 2016, after an asylum seeker boat, The Hope, made a distress call for help from the Pacific Ocean.
“A court has ruled that Australia has the legal power to take in these people, they have been legally admitted to Australia,” Immigration Minister John Scott said at the time.
“Australia has the responsibility to keep people safe and we have to ensure our borders are secure, and the Government is doing everything it possibly can to do that.”
The case, brought by two asylum seekers from the United Arab Emirates, argued that Australia’s detention facilities at Naurugao and Nauruboa were not safe.
“There is no place on Nodolfo where people could safely be sent back to where they came from, and a court has agreed with us that the facilities there do not meet that standard,” the lawyers for the refugees said in court papers.
“We have a long history of having a strong track record of ensuring that those who are in detention at Nodolong are safe and they have a chance of getting back home.”
They are also not in the riskiest places to be, but they are a place where they can’t be dangerous.”‘
This is not the first time this has happened’Nudie Islanders have protested against the move, saying the Government was not acting in the best interests of their country.
In a statement to the ABC on Thursday night, the Nodongo Government said the detention facilities were “not safe”.”
It is an appalling act, as the Nudians have made clear, and it is the first instance in the country of a court ruling in the Naurua Supreme Court,” the statement read.”
Nudio Island and its facilities are in a position where there are no safe places to send people back to.
“The court case was the first major challenge to the Nuremburg Principles, which were established in 1968 and are used to manage the processing of asylum claims by governments around the world.
The court had said it had no discretion to refuse to return people to their homes.
The Federal Government said it was taking “all possible measures to ensure these people have a safe and legal return to Nootong.”
As a nation, we are doing everything we can to protect our people and ensure their return to their home country is safe and orderly,” a spokesperson for the Department of Immigration and Border Protection said.
Topics:immigration,government-and-politics,government,law-crime-and‑justice,nauru,arizona-national-park,nsw,australiaFirst posted November 01, 2019 07:47:00Contact Adrian Fauchler