Administrative Appeals Tribunal

The Coalition government has taken the extraordinary step of questioning the judgement of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) -- even though most of the appointments were made by the Coalition. Why is the AAT suddenly seen as so biased by the government that determined its makeup?

In News Corp papers and in multiple radio interviews this month, Immigration Minister Peter Dutton took aim at the AAT for what he perceived as bad calls in overturning decisions he -- or rather, his office -- had made on refugees and migrant visas. He told FIVEaa radio in Adelaide that it was a very expensive and time-consuming process for the government because the backlog of cases, coupled with the AAT's long review process, resulted in decisions that could then be overturned by the minister, and then appealed to the Federal Court and potentially even the High Court.