ScoMo must fix the AAT before opening visa system

Prime Minister Scott Morrison has raised the prospect of giving Indonesians “streamlined” access to Australia:

Scott Morrison has announced he will reassess harsh visa entry conditions for Indonesians travelling to Australia as he welcomes Indonesian President Joko Widodo to Parliament House…

“Indonesia will be one of the star economies of the world over the next 10 to 20 years, and this arrangement, this mutually beneficial arrangement, will ensure that our economy is linked for this exciting period of growth in the years ahead,”

“Today we have agreed to include new elements as part of this implementation. We are pleased that our Home Affairs Minister here in Australia will be engaging with his Indonesian counterpart to proceed to look at how we can simplify and streamline the issues of entry into Australia.

Before granting Indonesian travelers easy visa access to Australia, Scott Morrison must first tighten the appeals process at the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT).

Currently, an entire industry exists to beat our immigration system. When visa holders do not want to go home they contact the immigration industry and this sets in motion the never ending AAT process, thus allowing visitors to extend their stays in Australia and enabling them to work.

This abuse of the AAT explains the explosion of bridging visas (see above chart), as noted by former High Court justice, Ian Callinan:

[Former High Court justice Ian Callinan] said “almost everyone” with migration law experience had told him there were applic­ants and representatives who “game the system, well knowing there is an automatic entitlement to a bridging visa”.

The Australian Skills Quality Authority told Mr Callinan that delays had repercussions beyond the AAT. It told him it was aware that organised crimin­als were sometimes, “perhaps even regularly”, benefiting from fake vocational training prog­rams or “ghost’’ colleges…

The AAT now handles about 59,000 lodgements a year: more than half (52 per cent) are migra­tion and refugee cases…

The AAT’s caseload of migra­tion and refugee matters doubled in the two years to June 30 last year…

Indeed, abuse of electronic travel visas – which give automated access to Australia – is behind the explosion of bogus asylum seeker claims from Malaysia and China:

These electronic visas have opened the door for Malaysians and Chinese to travel to Australia on tourist visas for the purpose of gaining permanent residency or to work, knowing that as soon as they land in Australia they can apply for asylum.

Then once asylum is claimed, they are automatically granted a bridging visa, thereby extending their stay for years while they await review from the AAT, enabling them to work illegally.

The last thing the Morrison Government should do is expand this system to Indonesia before tightening the AAT process by shutting down avenues of appeal to foreigners that have been refused a visa.

Leith van Onselen


  1. Stewie GriffinMEMBER

    The AAT was rolled out in Australia in the 70s following a directive from the UN.

    Australia’s AAT was set up in 1975 under the AAT act by Gough Whitlam and was basically designed to bring Australia’s laws into harmony with the AAT framework established by the UN in 1950, which was to be the final arbiter over alleged non-observance of contracts of employment and other binding regulations of all staff working in the United Nations Secretariat.

    In 1958 this framework was extended to include immigration.

    Member states were then persuaded to adopt the same AAT framework, Gough rolled over for his tummy to be tickled not only for the Walt Whitman lobby group, in terms of adopting Multiculturalism as an official immigration policy, but also to the UN in terms enabling a supra-national administrative body to sit over our Judicial and Legislative layer, that was capable of being stacked with compliant progressive “politically correct thinkers”, and subverting the interests and decisions of the society beneath it.

    The purpose of the AAT is to undermine the sovereignty and effectiveness of national administrators and legal system…. especially in regards to immigration. It is a cultural thing – part of the slow game involved in nation stealing.

    Naturally eminent “Australians” are natural candidates to sit on these boards.

  2. He can’t – S75 of the constitution says that all foreigners can appeal any decision of the government to the courts. When John Howard said “we will decide who comes this country and the means by which they do it” he was wrong. The courts decide.

    The AAT was set up to speed this process up but unless you hold a referendum to change S75 then it can’t be changed.

  3. Replacing cheap Chinese labour with cheap Indonesian labour because muh growf and housing mate.

    And Labour waved this through without a second thought.

  4. How on earth are local workers ever going to compete, and still afford a house?

    I honestly threw my hands up when I heard this on the news.

    This country is shadow of what it was (and I never thought it was perfect…certaintly a lucky country, and you know the rest…).


    • Even StevenMEMBER

      Nothing wrong with asians. But IF we are genuinely after a mix of cultures and would prefer that none dominate, yes, a relevant consideration is the mix coming in.

      For clarity: my preference is to cut immigration to zero until we have our house sorted. And then put in place a sensible immigration policy as part of a broader population plan.

      • Stewie GriffinMEMBER

        Sorry – as a Australian born to this nation, someone without any foreign relatives until I go 4 generations back from myself, I’d actually like to see one Culture dominate – that is the Australian culture the one that I was born into. One that is tolerant of other cultures and practices, but one that demands that those seeking to become Australian seek to become and take on those cultural values that founded Australia – white, Anglo-Celtic and Christian, as their core identity. Even if they’re a Black Muslim from deepest African that should be their goal and the price that they are willing to pay to come and live in MY country.

        Anything less is an invasion.

        • Like the Roman empire. You could be a black man born in Africa but aspire to be a Roman Citizen. And take on the culture of the romans, their gods and their habits.

        • Agree with your sentiment 100% . I’m also 5+ generation Australian. When I tell people that they look at me at like I’m a rascist just for saying it.

          Almost as if I should feel ashamed.

          This place used to be paradise in the 80-90’s now it’s just a bung stain

    • It’s ok, Indonesians are some of the most culturally tolerant in the world…said no one ever.

  5. Now we know why Joko Widodo has been playing nice with Australia lately. He wants more Indonesian workers in Australia. Which of course means more remittance money flowing into Indonesia’s economy.

  6. ScoMo didn’t explain how more Indonesian workers entering Australia benefits ordinary Australians. Yet another example of the political class selling out the working class.