Sack Minister Dutton

Dear Prime Minister,

Once again the legal process in Australia is disrupted by Minister Dutton. The president of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the authority which independently reviews decisions by the Australian Government, has not been replaced since the previous term expired. Worse, most of the tribunal members who oversee refugee and migration decisions and whose contracts are due for renewal have been told that they will not be renewed. Minister Dutton has told 2GB radio 'When you look at some of the judgements that are made ... it’s always interesting to go back to have a look at the appointment of the Labor government of the day'.

Since you still do nothing to control this Minister the President of the Law Council of Australia, Fiona McLeod, once again must defend the independence of the judiciary:

Any suggestion by government that Australian jurists­ are not acting with independence is dangerous and erosive to our justice­ system. It undermines the public perception of the legitimate role of the judiciary and weakens the rule of law.
— Fiona McLeod, https://www.theguardian.com/australia-news/2017/jun/02/contracts-wont-be-renewed-for-refugee-review-tribunal-members

The Minister's powers are far too great. It was bad enough that Philip Ruddock gained power to overturn AAT decisions back in 1999 and that Scott Morrison gave himself even greater powers to overrule decisions on character grounds. But Minister Dutton now wields unchallengeable authority. I am afraid, not only for migrants and refugees directly within his reach, but for any other group of Australians that Minister Dutton wants to attack. Sack Minister Dutton and remove the special powers of the Immigration Minister.