Jun 1, 2017

Brandis culls AAT Migration Tribunal, with almost 80 to be shown the door

Attorney-General George Brandis is expected to announce a huge cull of AAT members following criticism of its immigration decisions.

Josh Taylor — Journalist

Josh Taylor


The government has refused to renew the terms of close to 80 Administrative Appeals Tribunal members, mostly former Labor government appointees to the Migration and Refugee Tribunal, after weeks of controversy over the AAT's overturning of decisions made by Immigration Minister Peter Dutton.

Last month the AAT came under criticism from News Corp papers and Dutton for overturning 39% of Dutton's visa decisions in the past year, in particular controversial cases including six people declared to be refugees who had returned home to visit Iran, and Jagdeep Singh, a Melbourne taxi driver who pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a woman. Dutton overturned the AAT's decision to set aside the Immigration Minister's original decision and ordered Singh to be deported.

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11 thoughts on “Brandis culls AAT Migration Tribunal, with almost 80 to be shown the door

  1. helen johnson

    This is a clear expression of tyranny

  2. Graeski

    The LNP/IPA: as corrupt as a syphilis chancre and putrid to the core.

  3. klewso

    What was Dennis Richardson’s (7:30 May 17) reply when Sales asked him about the PS and “whether it’s remained as frank and fearless throughout your tenure as it always has been or become less so”?
    “Rollo” : “Well, if it’s, if it’s become less so, it isn’t because of Prime Ministers and ministers. If it’s become less so, then that’s a failing of the public service.”????

    1. klewso

      Good enough for Sales.

  4. Marilyn J Shepherd

    But he stacked the AAT last year to allow only racists and bigots

  5. CML

    Are you all saying that someone who “..pleaded guilty to indecently assaulting a women.” should be permitted to stay in this country as a refugee???
    Don’t think you’ll get much support for that opinion!!

    1. Duncan Gilbey

      I agree.
      It’s curious that that particular case was even mentioned in the context of this article.

  6. zut alors

    Gormless George remains true to form: now herding the 7,500 refugees between a rock & a hard place. Is he attempting to outdo Hanson…

  7. Bill Hilliger

    Last month the AAT came under criticism from News Corp papers. Yes the NewsCrap organisation typhoid Mary now runs the ABC. And more and more influences the LNP front bench ministerial muppets on how the country must be run.

  8. AR

    Silly little things like facts – “almost all of those in the migration and refugee division were either appointed or reappointed by the Abbott-Turnbull government, and the statistics actually point to a decline in the number of minister’s decisions being overturned.” – are not relevant when there is an ideological ratbaggery to be grovelled to or a vulnerable group to be demonised for perceived political gain.
    Do dog whistles even have a pea in them or is the piss being taken in general>

  9. John Hall

    Dear Diary:
    Brandis does his damnedest to demean our democracy for his brand of bald blandness with an icing of disdain for his constituents refrains.

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