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Suppose that a law enforcement agency provides material to the Department on the basis that the material be treated as confidential information.

Suppose then that the Minister has regard to that material when considering whether to cancel a visa on character grounds.

Can the Minister be required to disclose that information to a court in the context of legal proceedings brought to challenge the visa cancellation decision of the Minister? 

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Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) have published statistics on latest number of invitations issued for General Skilled Migration (subclass 189/489).  The last round of invitations took place on 23 August 2017 with the next round of invitations expected take place between 6th and 20th September.

Some interesting facts to take away from the invitations issued on 23 August.  Approximately 1133 invitations were issued in total, with 1000 relating to subclass 189 visa.  This is consistent with the around of invitations issued in July with a slight increase in the number of invites for the 489 visas.

Overall the financial year to date demonstrates the number of invitations concerning 186/489 visas remains steady which must be a welcoming relief to many applicants waiting for the invitation.

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Suppose a person has had their visa cancelled on character grounds.

Suppose further that the person is owed protection obligations under the Refugees Convention, and therefore cannot be returned to his home country, or removed to a third country?

Is the person doomed to a period of indefinite detention?

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I had the pleasure of attending the Migration Institute of Australia (MIA) EGM today and I am pleased to report to the proxies who entrusted me with their vote that each of the four motions were lost. Lost by the MIA.  Won by us.  I have no doubt that the 149 proxies given to me made a real difference in the EGM.

Here are the results:

Results-EGM.pdf

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