Tuesday, August 28, 2007


The Transport and Industrial Relations Committee has called for submissions on the Immigration Bill. Two copies, by Friday, 12 October 2007, to

Transport and Industrial Relations Secretariat
Parliament Buildings
The bill is basically a wish-list for officials, which massively increases powers of detention while reducing appeals and judicial oversight. It would also allow the routine use of classified evidence in immigration decisions (while declaring it true in some cases), thus replicating and normalising one of the worst aspects of the Zaoui case. It would be nice if we could get some of the more egregious features fixed by the committee.

Making a submission is not difficult - it can be as simple as writing a letter saying "I support/oppose the bill" and giving reasons why. If you're not sure, check out the Clerk's online guide here.