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Retrospective legislation aimed at scuttling a court case

The Australian Greens agree with professional bodies the Law Council of Australia, Law Institute of Victoria and Victoria Legal Aid which have all expressed concern proposed amendments to the Migration Act.

"We're concerned by the retrospective nature of the amendments," Greens' immigration spokesperson, Sen. Sarah Hanson-Young, said today.

"This bill will not catch the kingpins who are organizing the people smuggling syndicates, rather it's about the pretence of government taking action.

"This legislation will only continue to severely punish the poor and illiterate Indonesian fishermen and boys who crew these boats - not the real people smugglers.

"The government should be waiting until the Victorian court makes its decision, not trying to scuttle Jeky Payara's case currently before the court.

"It's clearly designed as a political tactic and is not sound legislative process."

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