Australia’s liberties are fragile, and largely unprotected by our constitution. We are endangered when, as did John Howard, our government decides to follow in the footsteps of a United States commanded by a imperialist fool. Australia’s anti-terrorism laws limit our habeas corpus rights, for example.
Habeas corpus (Latin: [We command] that you have the body) is the name of a legal process through which a person can seek relief from unlawful detention of themselves or another person. The writ of habeas corpus has historically been an important instrument for the safeguarding of individual freedom against arbitrary state action. It has its origins in C14th England but was formalised with the Habeas Corpus Act 1679.
Would that this could be applied to refugees.