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Flagged changes to migration laws criticised

PM Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton Source: AAP

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's proposal to stop asylum seekers who arrived by boat from ever entering Australia has received mixed reviews. While some have praised the idea, others have condemned the plan as discriminatory and unjust. It could even face a challenge from the High Court, as Andrea Nierhoff reports. 

It is a battle of legislation versus law.

 

It is Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull's plan to, in his words, send "the strongest possible signal to the people smugglers" against Article 31 of the United Nations Refugee Convention.

 

The idea is to ban adult asylum seekers who have been processed in detention facilities on Nauru and Manus Island from ever coming to Australia, even as tourists.

 

The Government says it is working along similar lines to former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, who announced in 2013 that none of the asylum seekers would ever be settled in Australia.

 

A day after unveiling the plan, both Malcolm Turnbull and Immigration Minister Peter Dutton have defended it.

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