Saturday, July 28, 2007

Some advice for the Minister of Immigration

According to Peter White's advice to the Minister of Immigration, dated 16th of July, it would appear the national interest test that the Minister is relying on the justify his decision to cancel Dr Mohamed Haneef's visa is the clause relating to the "expectations of the Australian community". In particular, the advice states:

"The Australian community may expect that a non-citizen who has had an association with persons suspected of involvement in an act of terrorism and who has been charged with an offence of providing resources to a terrorist organisation, including those persons, would have their visa cancelled"

I would have thought the expectation of the Australian community could be more succinctly expressed this way: "Give the bloke a fair go, you bastards".


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