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.