Sangeetha Pillai

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The 'medevac' law provides protection from people who do not recognise the legitimate medical needs of asylum seekers, UNSW's Kaldor Centre will tell a Senate inquiry on Monday.

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A proposed permanent ban on some refugees would entrench the separation of families, says a UNSW joint submission to a Senate committee hearing today.

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Australia already has an extensive suite of anti-terrorism legislation, and the government hasn’t clarified what gap, if any, this new bill would fill.

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Australia is proposing some of the toughest citizenship stripping laws in the world as it steps up efforts to curb extremist attacks - but the proposed law could run into significant legal hurdles.

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Australia's Migration Act allows for ministerial discretion in cases such as the controversial granting of tourist visas to four au pairs - but there remain questions around responsible government.

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A new bill gives the immigration minister unprecedented control over the process to acquire citizenship, writes Sangeetha Pillai.

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The immigration minister's scope for discretion in the proposed legislation to strip dual nationals involved in terrorism of their Australian citizenship is cause for concern, writes Sangeetha Pillai.

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Recent national security proposals and the ongoing focus on asylum seekers have raised questions about what it means to be an Australian citizen, write Gabrielle Appleby and Sangeetha Pillai.

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Proposed changes to Australian citizenship will likely be limited in effectiveness, challenging to implement and possibly counter-productive, writes Sangeetha Pillai.

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New laws aiming to prevent Australians engaging in conflicts in foreign countries may place a heavy burden on people who need to visit designated places for innocuous reasons, writes Sangeetha Pillai.

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