Minister revokes cap on protection visas, avoiding a High Court challenge

Scott Morrison has directed the immigration department to remove his ministerially-imposed cap on protection visas for asylum seekers.

After his bid to re-introduce Temporary Protection Visas was stopped in the Senate, the minister used his own authority to declare that a cap would be put on the number of protection visas that could be issued – and said the cap had already been reached. The decision stopped any asylum seeker in Australia from being given a permanent visa.

However, threatened with a High Court challenge to the cap, the minister has removed it.

Click here to read details in The Age.

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