In a striking blow to the Albanese government, Sunrise host Natalie Barr has raised pressing questions about the effectiveness of the government's safety measures following a series of incidents involving former detainees. The scrutiny comes in the wake of a landmark High Court decision that ruled indefinite detention to be illegal. Consequently, the government introduced strict conditions for released refugees, which included wearing ankle bracelets and adhering to curfew orders.
Controversial Incidents Raise Eyebrows
However, the new regulations have come under fire as two former detainees were charged with new offenses in South Australia and New South Wales. The incidents, which drew widespread public attention, prompted the Coalition to demand the resignation of Home Affairs Minister Clare O'Neil and Immigration Minister Andrew Giles. They were accused of failing to protect Australians and to maintain the integrity of the country's safety measures.
Government Under Fire
Shadow immigration minister Dan Tehan added fuel to the fire by criticizing the government for its lack of preparedness for the High Court's decision and its alleged lack of transparency. Further controversy was stirred up when a third former detainee was arrested in Melbourne for allegedly breaching reporting requirements and contacting minors.
Pressure Mounts for New Legislation
Amid the mounting criticism, the government now finds itself under significant pressure to pass new legislation. The proposed laws would allow courts to incarcerate freed detainees if they are deemed to pose a high risk of re-offending. As the final sitting week of federal parliament for the year approaches, the issue is expected to be a major focal point of discussion and debate.