Federal Politics


Migration Act may change

FEDERAL Attorney-General Nicola Roxon concedes the Migration Act may have to be amended following the High Court's ruling paving the way for asylum seekers deemed security risks to be granted visas.

Immigration Minister Chris Bowen and his opposition counterpart Scott Morrison are due to sit down early this week to work out the details.

Ms Roxon said the government was still assessing the fallout from the High Court's decision concerning a Sri Lankan asylum seeker, known only as M47, but acknowledged the Act could need tweaking.

M47 will have his visa application reassessed after the court ruled that the minister should not be automatically banned from granting visas to asylum seekers who have been given adverse assessments by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation.

The decision is likely to impact on another 50 or so asylum seekers, mostly Sri Lankans, who are in detention and have been given a black mark by ASIO.