High Court rules against Immigration laws for Indigenous people

High Court Decision on Immigration Laws

In a landmark case, the Hight Court has found that indigenous people are exempt from Australian immigration laws.

The case came about when the Australian government tried to deport two overseas-born men after they committed crimes.

However, despite being born overseas and not having Australian citizenship, they had lived in Australia for a long time and were recognised by aboriginal people as being indigenous.

In a close 3-4 split, the High Court Justices decided they could not be deported, because if they were aboriginal, they could not be considered an “alien”.

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