It has become a political tool, a convenient proxy for dealing with issues that should be dealt with in other parts of government and a vehicle for delivery of immense cruelty.
- Peter Hughes
- Pearls and Irritations
There was a certain inevitability that the High Court would eventually stop governments from misusing it.
It really should not be a major surprise that the High Court has finally struck down use of immigration law to authorise indefinite detention.
Decades ago, immigration detention had a remarkably simple purpose – to briefly hold on to people who…