Inquiry into the Migration Amendment (Character Cancellation Consequential Provisions) Bill 2016

Liberty Victoria would have preferred the opportunity to provide a more detailed submission but the time frame allowed for their provision was impossibly short. We hope that in future more time is allowed to make submissions on such important issues.

In general terms, Liberty Victoria opposes aspects of the Bill.

Liberty Victoria is opposed to the power given to the Court under s 503B to withhold from the applicant and their own lawyer certain information. It is anathema to the rule of law that a person should appear before a court to meet a case about which he or she is not fully informed. The expansion of that power under this amending Act in respect of cancellation under s 501BA and 501CA is, therefore, also opposed. 

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