News has just come through that the 43rd and final asylum seeker who arrived from West Papua in January has had his refugee claim approved by the Refugee Review Tribunal. You could not get a simpler example of why there has to be an independent mechanism to review decisions by the government to refuse refugee claims. This is precisely what asylum seekers have not had when they have been locked up in Nauru. I hope this provides the obvious reason for some Liberal Senators to knock back the government’s anti-refugee legislation, which is still sitting in the wings, which seeks to prevent more people from being able to access this independent review mechanism.
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