Legal eagles swoop on refugee decision

Photo: Peter Robson.

A dozen members of Darwin's legal community presented a letter to ALP MP Warren Snowdon on September 2 calling for the federal government to comply with the High Court's recent decision on the "Malaysian Solution".

The High Court said the ALP government's plan to deport refugees to Malaysia was illegal. The letter called on federal politicians to ensure the speedy resolution of asylum seeker claims, universal access to legal representation and an end to mandatory detention.

One lawyer called the decision a "win for empathy and common sense" and said the ALP should use it as an opportunity to abandon bad policy.