14 Aug 2018

Appeal's defeat exposes asylum seeker treatment

From , 3:04 pm on 14 August 2018

Australia's Federal Court has thrown out a government appeal in a case that exposed its treatment of asylum seekers.

Last week, the court upheld an earlier ruling that the government had failed to excise the Territory of Ashmore and Cartier Islands from the Migration Zone in 2001.

Refugees who entered Australia via the territory were deemed offshore arrivals that could legally be detained and subjected to fast track processing of their asylum claims.

Ben Robinson Drawbridge spoke to lawyer Reuben Saul, who successfully argued the territory had never been excised.

Reuben Saul

Reuben Saul Photo: Callum Sims