There have been 3 recent High Court decisions that impact asylum seekers and refugees who come to Australia.
Refugee Protection Visa Cap
In two unanimous decisions (H24 & H25) the full High Court ruled that Immigration Minister Scott Morrison’s decision to impose a cap on the number of places in Australia’s refugee intake for boat arrivals was invalid.
PNG Offshore Processing Challenge
While it is disappointing that the High Court ruled (H22) against this challenge. It must be remembered that is purely comparing the Australian Constitution and Laws against the actions taken by the Government. However, it does not make the Government’s actions morally or ethically right.