Interview: Minister in the hot seat

‘What happens if the Senate passes this amendment that would allow asylum seekers and refugees to be brought to Australia [for medical reasons]?’

The amendment the interview refers to is to Schedule 1 of the Home Affairs Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Measures) Bill 2018. In fact, some amendments were subsequently approved in the Senate on 6 December 2018, probably after this interview. Schedule 1 commences the day after the new Act receives the Royal Assent.

The Bill also includes Schedule 2, not discussed in the interview, but which is extremely important to practitioners. It would authorised the Minister to give documents to persons simply by making them available on ImmiAccount.

Click here for a more detailed analysis of this Bill.

Disclaimer: the above is a mere tentative analysis of an interview. The views there expressed might not reflect the views of the Department, the AAT or the courts. The law or policies might have changed between the writing and reading of this article. The author of this article and Migration Law Updates disclaim any liability for any action (or omission) on their part based on any information provided (or not provided) in this article and are under no obligation to keep the general public nor practitioners informed about the matters discussed in this article or any other matters, or any future changes to any of those matters. It is the responsibility of each practitioner to obtain access to primary sources of law and policy by themselves and to carry out their own research and come to their own conclusions on legislation, case law, policies and more. This article is not intended for the general public.

Sergio Zanotti Stagliorio is a Registered Migration Agent (MARN 1461003). He is the owner of Target Migration in Sydney. He can be reached at

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