Australian Immigration Legislation News


New CTH Act to Amend Citizenship Cessation Provisions

Tuesday 29 September 2020 @ 4.06 p.m. | Legal Research | Immigration

On 17 September, the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Act 2020 (Cth) (‘the Amending Act’) was assented as Act 88 of 2020, following the passing of the Australian Citizenship Amendment (Citizenship Cessation) Bill 2020 on 3 September.

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CTH Parliament Considers Bill Concerning Prohibited Items In Immigration Detention Facilities

Thursday 4 June 2020 @ 11.47 a.m. | Legal Research | Immigration

On 14 May, the Migration Amendment (Prohibiting Items in Immigration Detention Facilities) Bill 2020 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) was introduced to the House of Representatives by Hon Alan Tudge, the Minister for Population, Cities and Urban Infrastructure (‘the Minister’). The Bill was referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, with a reporting date of August 5. The purpose of the Bill is to enable the Minister to determine “prohibited things” by disallowable legislative instrument in relation to immigration detention facilities. Complimentary to this power, the Bill intends to strengthen search and seizure and screening of authorised officers.

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Senate Considering Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019

Tuesday 25 February 2020 @ 11.59 a.m. | Legal Research | Immigration

The Migration Amendment (Regulation of Migration Agents) Bill 2019 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) was initially introduced to the House of Representatives on 27 November 2019 by the Hon Jason Wood, the Assistant Minister for Customs, Community Safety and Multicultural Affairs. After the Bill was referred to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, the House of Representatives passed the Bill. The Bill was introduced to the Senate on 13 February 2020.

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Love v CTH; Thoms v CTH [2020] HCA 3: Can Aboriginal Australians Be Aliens Under Law?

Friday 14 February 2020 @ 1.51 p.m. | Legal Research | Immigration

In Love v Commonwealth of Australia; Thoms v Commonwealth of Australia [2020] HCA 3 (11 February 2020) the High Court has found that Aboriginal Australians hold a special status. In considering the cases of two men, both of whom were not Australian citizens and who were facing deportation over criminal convictions, the High Court found in a majority decision (4-3) that Aboriginal Australians "were not subject to the aliens power" in the Australian Constitution.

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Parliamentary Committee Releases Report on Commonwealth Identity-Matching Bills

Wednesday 30 October 2019 @ 9.44 a.m. | Legal Research | Immigration

On 2 August 2019, the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (“the Committee”) commenced its inquiry into the Identity-matching Services Bill 2019 (Cth) (“the IMS Bill”) and the Australian Passports Amendment (Identity-matching Services) Bill 2019 (Cth) (“the Passports Amendment Bill”). Submissions from the public were closed on 6 September 2019. On 24 October 2019, the Committee tabled its final report.

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