Labor’s emergency laws after immigration detention ruling may amount to ‘extrajudicial’ punishment

Legal experts say constitutional challenges to new laws are likely as Labor braces for possible compensation claims following high court decision

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A legal challenge to emergency legislation responding to the high court’s decision on indefinite detention is likely, with advocates warning the Albanese government the changes may be unconstitutional.

Alison Battisson, the director of Human Rights For All, and David Manne, the executive director of Refugee Legal, have both warned the changes may amount to “extrajudicial” punishment.

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