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High Court Ruling Triggers Increased Vigilance from Australian Border Force

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Geeta Pillai
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High Court Ruling Triggers Increased Vigilance from Australian Border Force

The Australian Border Force (ABF) has ramped up its vigilance in the wake of a recent High Court ruling that resulted in the liberation of numerous asylum seekers. The decision has thrown a spotlight on Australia's border security and immigration policies, with the ABF confirming that people smugglers are attempting to exploit the situation.

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A High Court Challenge

The Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) has launched a High Court challenge against the Australian Government's hastily enacted laws for refugees who were unlawfully detained and then released. The claimant, represented by the ASRC, argues that the new laws infringe upon his fundamental rights, including liberty, bodily integrity, privacy, and dignity. The ASRC describes these laws as punitive, disproportionate, and unconstitutional, echoing the High Court's recent assessment of the Government's detention regime.

The Implications of New Laws

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These new laws impose a series of stringent conditions on those released. They include ankle monitors to track every movement, strict curfews, and extreme reporting requirements. Some conditions may even interfere with individuals' ability to maintain relationships with their children and families. Breaches of certain visa conditions, even minor ones, could result in a minimum penalty of five years imprisonment. The ASRC has expressed deep concern about the impact of these laws on individuals' health and their ability to reintegrate safely into the community.

Potential Impact on Border Control

The recent developments have stoked fears of a potential influx of new asylum seeker vessels attempting to reach Australia, as people smugglers may see the High Court's ruling as an opportunity to intensify their operations. The Opposition Leader, Peter Dutton, has echoed these concerns, suggesting that the government's recent mishandling of immigration policy could undermine efforts to deter boat-arriving asylum seekers. Following the court decision, the government passed laws that would subject the newly released immigrants to a curfew from 10 pm to 6 am every day, require them to wear ankle tracking bracelets, and increase capacity to bring prosecutions if they breach visa conditions.

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