Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014

Immigration and Border Protection
Originating house
House of Representatives
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Amends the: Maritime Powers Act 2013 to: provide clarity and consistency in relation to powers to detain and move vessels and people; clarify the relationship between the Act and other laws; and provide for the minister to give directions about the exercise of maritime powers; Migration Act 1958 to: introduce temporary protection for those who engage Australia’s non-refoulement obligations and who arrive in Australia illegally; create the authority to make deeming regulations; create the Safe Haven Enterprise Visa class; introduce a fast track assessment process and remove access to the Refugee Review Tribunal (RRT); establish the Immigration Assessment Authority within the RRT to consider fast track reviewable decisions; clarify the availability of removal powers independent of assessments of Australia’s non-refoulement obligations; codify Australia’s interpretation of its protection obligations under the Refugees Convention; clarify the legal status of children of unauthorised maritime arrivals and transitory persons; and enable the minister to place a statutory limit on the number of protection visas granted; and Maritime Powers Act 2013, Migration Act 1958, Administrative Decisions (Judicial Review) Act 1997, Immigration (Guardianship of Children) Act 1946 and Migration Regulations 1994 to make consequential amendments.


House of Representatives
Introduced and read a first time 25 Sep 2014
Second reading moved 25 Sep 2014
Second reading debate 22 Oct 2014
Second reading agreed to 22 Oct 2014
Third reading agreed to 22 Oct 2014
Introduced and read a first time 28 Oct 2014
Second reading moved 28 Oct 2014
Second reading debate 03 Dec 2014
Second reading debate 04 Dec 2014
Second reading agreed to 04 Dec 2014
Committee of the Whole debate
  • Amendment details: 24 Government and 1 Opposition agreed to
04 Dec 2014
Third reading agreed to 04 Dec 2014
(After Midnight)
House of Representatives
Consideration of Senate message
  • Details: House agreed to Senate amendments
05 Dec 2014
Finally passed both Houses 05 Dec 2014
  • Act no.: 135
  • Year: 2014
15 Dec 2014

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