Owed protection, but refoulement in national interest?

Federal Court. When considering the exercise of his discretionary power under s 501A(2) to refuse to grant a visa in the national interest, is the nature of the visa a mandatory consideration? As Minister accepted Applicant would suffer harm if returned to NZ, should Minister have: explained why returning her to NZ would be in the national interest; considered "the impact on Australia’s national interest of not complying with the international non-refoulement obligations which he acknowledged Australia owed to the applicant"?

The questions to the Federal Court (FCA) were as follows:

Question 1: When considering the exercise of his discretionary power under s 501A(2) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) to refuse to grant a visa in the national interest, is the nature of the visa a mandatory consideration?

Question 2: As the Minister accepted that the Applicant would suffer harm if returned to New Zealand (NZ), should the Minister have explained why returning her to NZ would be in the national interest?

Question 3: Should Minister have considered "the impact on Australia’s national interest of not complying with the international non-refoulement obligations which he acknowledged Australia owed to the applicant, because there were substantial grounds for believing that there was a real risk of her being killed or seriously harmed if refouled to New Zealand"?

The FCA answered those questions as follows:

The remainder of this article is only available to Case Law and Platinum subscribers.

Read our Terms & Conditions and upgrade below:

Monthly Subscriptions

Premium
Basic Content
Premium Content
-
-
$ 29 /month
Subscribe
Case Law
Basic Content
-
Case Law Content
-
$ 49 / month
Subscribe
Platinum
Basic Content
Premium Content
Case Law Content
Save $ 9 / month
$ 69 / month
Subscribe

Annual Subscriptions

Premium
Basic Content
Premium Content
-
Save $ 49 / year
$ 299 / year
Subscribe
Case Law
Basic Content
-
Case Law Content
Save $ 89 / year
$ 499 / year
Subscribe
Platinum
Basic Content
Premium Content
Case Law Content
Save $ 237 / year
$ 699 / year
Subscribe

 

Where GST applies, the above amounts are inclusive of GST.

Content Types

Basic Content includes basic news, some media articles and selected announcements.

Premium Content includes all our content, except for Case Law Content. In other words, it includes Basic Content, plus all our articles on legislative and policy changes, industry updates and the Migration Legislation Tracker.

Case Law Content includes Basic Content, plus case law summaries, analysis and extract, but does not include Premium Content.

Platinum Content includes Basic Content, plus Premium Content, plus Case Law Content. In other words, it includes ALL our content.

If you already have a Case Law or Platinum subscription, click on 'Login' below.