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Refugee advocate concerned about impact of Nauru judicial chaos

Refugee advocate concerned about impact of Nauru judicial chaos

Updated 20 January 2014, 18:06 AEST

The Law Council of Australia and the Australian Bar Association say they are deeply concerned by the events on Nauru, saying the apparent lack of due process represents a direct affront to fundamental priciples underprinning the independence of the judiciary and the rule of law.

Michael Colbran, who is President of both organisations, says the Australian government has a responsibility to help ensure that due respect for the rule of law operates within our region, particularly given the arrangements Australia has made with the Nauruan government regarding the offshore processing of asylum seekers.

Meanwhile, Australia's Refugee Action Collective is concerned about what the legal chaos on Nauru means for asylum seekers facing charges over the 60 million dollar riot at Australia's processing centre.

Spokesman Ian Rintoul says the Australian government ought to do something about Nauru's judiciary, given that the island is so closely tied to Canberra.

Presenter: Bruce Hill

Speaker: Ian Rintoul, Australia's Refugee Action Collective

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