Faith in action
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In Saeed’s example, his lawyer was denied access to him immediately preceding, during and immediately after his move from Melbourne to Sydney, from where he will be deported.
Much of this is the result of amendments that were made to the Migration Act at the end of 2014, known as “fast track processing” which resulted in:
To summarise, the Government has created a “fast track process” (1) that means people applying for asylum have a more difficult task, less likelihood of success, less access to legal help to actually complete the task, and almost everything riding on the single decision.
(1) Equally alarming were the political tactics used at the time to get these amendments passed in the Senate, described as “hostage politics” read more here, or in crossbench Senator Ricky Muir’s Senate speech (Transcript or Video).