Senator Hanson-Young is introducing a move to curb the powers of Australia’s chief intelligence organization, ASIO, which recently detained 60 Muslim infiltrators indefinitely, on security grounds.
The bill will give refugees the right of appeal against security assessments given by ASIO to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. The powers are also being challenged in the High Court of Australia. Last week, the Joint-Committee on Intelligence and Security endorsed the current ASIO arrangement as the correct measure into security assessments. ASIO also told the committee that any appeals to the AAT would be a drain of resources.