These amendments seek to impose a lifetime ban on obtaining a visa (for people who arrived by boat after July 2013) to travel to or remain in Australia, subject to a personal non-compellable non-delegable exemption power of the Minister.
We recommend the Bill not be passed.
Our principal concerns with the Bill can be summarised as follows:
a. No compelling case has been put forward by the Government to justify the proposed amendments, and they are entirely unnecessary and disproportionate;
b. The proposed amendments would entrench the separation of families;