Monday, January 19, 2004

Tide Turning - but which way?

No Right Turn is welcoming Latham's plans to decrease the time available for asylum seekers to have their cases heard. Latham wants 90% of cases dealt with within 90 days.

At present, under the Liberals, the Australian asylum laws are so liberal they allow cases to drag on for years because of various rights of appeal. In the mean time, because of the mandatory detention policy - which Latham supports, the asylum seekers and their families can languish for years in camps.

Speeding up this process therefore makes sense, but it will come at a cost of decreased access to legal redress, so perhaps NRT's claim of tides turning is accurate but not in the way he intends.

Latham recognises that if Labour get into power they will still have to deal with this issue and that there is no magic wand solution.


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