Bill could prohibit internet and mobiles in detention

A Bill introduced and read a first time in the House of Representatives on 14 May 2020 would "amend the Migration Act 1958 (Migration Act) to allow the Minister to determine that a thing is a prohibited thing in relation to immigration detention facilities and detainees (whether or not they are in an immigration detention facility). These things may include controlled drugs (as defined in the Criminal Code Act 1995) and prescription drugs not taken by the person to whom they are prescribed, mobile phones, Subscriber Identity Module (SIM cards), and internet-capable devices".

A new Bill was introduced in the House of Representatives on 14 May 2020. It that Bill passes, it will make communication between immigration detainees and practitioners much more difficult, making any applications or appeals even more challenging for those detainees.

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