New Zealanders planning legal challenge to Australian citizenship laws

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An article in The Guardian on 28 January 2020 reports that a lobby group of New Zealand citizens plans to challenge Australia’s citizenship laws in court on the grounds that they “unreasonably deny the right to vote to the affected cohort” and “constitute unlawful race discrimination”. Whether the proposed challenge has any chance or success […]

High Court rules Aboriginal Australians are not aliens

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The High Court of Australia has today ruled that Aboriginal Australians, even if not Australian citizens, cannot be considered “aliens” and therefore are beyond the reach of Commonwealth laws made in reliance on the aliens power in the Constitution, including the Migration Act 1958. A majority of the seven Justices of the Court held that: […]