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.
The Migration Amendment (Streamlining Visa Processing) Bill 2019 (Cth) (the “Bill”) is currently being considered by the Commonwealth Parliament. On 11 September 2019, the Bill passed the House of Representatives and was introduced to the Senate later on the same day. The Bill is sponsored by Mr David Coleman (Minister for Immigration, Citizenship, Migrant Services and Multicultural Affairs) and proposes to amend the Migration Act 1959 (Cth) (the “Act”).
On 5 December 2018, the High Court of Australia (“High Court”) unanimously allowed an appeal from a decision of the Supreme Court of Nauru, holding that the Refugee Status Review Tribunal ("Tribunal") had not erred in dismissing the respondent's application to be recognised as a refugee or as person owed complementary protection by the Republic of Nauru under the Refugees Convention Act 2012 (Nr).
The Federal Government has introduced the Migration Amendment (Strengthening the Character Test) Bill 2018 (Cth) (‘the Bill’) on 25 October 2018. This Bill aims to make changes to the character test for prospective migrants to Australia for the purpose of ensuring increased safety to Australian citizens.
In the case of WET052 v The Republic of Nauru  HCA 47 (17 October 2018), the High Court of Australia (“High Court”) has, on 17 October 2018, unanimously dismissed an appeal from a judgment of the Supreme Court of Nauru (the “Supreme Court”).
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