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The High Court and indefinite detention: towards a national bill of rights?

16 Nov 2004
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In August 2004 Australia's High Court declared by 4:3 that failed asylum seekers who have nowhere to go can be kept in immigration detention indefinitely. In the Al-Khateb and Al Khafaji cases, the majority said that provided the Immigration Minister retained the intention of eventually deporting such people, detention would remain valid. These cases will be cited by those who argue that basic freedoms for people within Australia's jurisdiction are not adequately protected and there is a need for a national 'bill of rights'. Peter Prince examines the issues.

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