Refugees given such an assessment are caught in a legal trap: unable to return home, but unable to be settled in Australia, they are detained indefinitely, a process found to be legal by the High Court in the 2004 case Al-Kateb v Godwin and more recently in last week’s M47 v the Director-General of Security & Others.
The independent reviewer was appointed to ensure “greater openness and accountability in the security assessment process,” Roxon said in a statement yesterday.
But under questioning last night in Senate Estimates from Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young, ASIO chief David Irvine admitted that even though Stone would be allowed full access to ASIO’s materials relating to adverse assessments, her decisions would not be binding. ASIO will remain the “end of the line” as far as security assessments are concerned.
I feel like I read this exact article around this time last year
I had to go and check the date on this