Wednesday August 21, 2007 11:30am WST
For Immediate Release
"This morning's decision by a Brisbane court to quash the decision by the Immigration Minister about his revoking of Dr Haneef's rights to remain in our country, shows the precarious precipice Australia has arrived in in terms of the safeguarding of human rights of in principle all Australians under the exclusion of the courts where Ministerial discretion decisions under the Migration Act are given and then taken by politicians with an agenda," WA Rights group Project SafeCom said this morning.
"Today, that what refugee advocates have known for years, once again shows in the glaring daylight of court justice. It showed when "Anna" was found out to be Cornelia Rau. It now shows in the revoking by the court of Kevin Andrews's decision in relation to Dr Haneef," spokesman Jack H Smit said.
"We will keep seeing this erosion of a previously known solid foundation in our country of guaranteed human rights through checks and balances applied by due process in Australian courts."
"It is not until all the changes to the Migration Act introduced by the Howard government are fully undone, that we can rest easy that our rights are guaranteed, instead of that they may, or may not, be tampered with by politicians when it suits their political agenda. The Howard government tells Australians it's making our country safer, and instead it has endangered the foundation of human rights for us all," Mr Smit concluded.
Jack H Smit
Project SafeCom Inc.
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