The Joint Committee on Human Rights has opened an inquiry on Immigration Detention. The deadline for submissions is 7 September 2018.
The Committee seeks evidence on:
- Whether current legal and policy frameworks are sufficient in preventing people being detained wrongfully and whether current practices in the detention system protect human rights;
- Whether the initial decision to detain an individual should be made independently such as through prior judicial approval;
- Whether immigration detention should be time-limited;
- How far current policies ensure that people are only deprived of their liberty if it is necessary, rather than for administrative convenience;
- and Detainees’ access to legal advice and their ability to engage with the legal processes to challenge their detention.