‘Sniping from the sidelines’: Clare O’Neil’s ‘frazzled PR spinning’ amid High Court saga
Sky News Digital Editor Jack Houghton says there is another element to the High Court saga, which is the “frazzled PR spinning” of Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil.
“Our Political Editor Andrew Clennell had a great scoop this week, and it sent the government into crisis management,”
Mr Houghton said. Mr Houghton’s remarks come after Sky News revealed Home Affairs Minister Clare O’Neil and Immigration Minister Andrew Giles in August signed off on desperate attempts to have Rohingya child sex criminal detainee NZYQ sent to another country.
Labor has come under fire over its handling of a High Court case after more than 100 detainees – including hardened criminals – were released into the community.
“O'Neil is under some serious pressure, which is why her social media strategy is so interesting,” Mr Houghton said.
He said the Labor minister was acting as if she was still in opposition while “sniping from the sidelines”.
The High Court has ruled a Rohingya man from Myanmar has been unlawfully detained in immigration detention, paving the way to end indefinite detention for other asylum seekers who have no immediate other country to go to.
Under a previous High Court ruling, which was sparked by another man, Ali Ahmed Al-Kateb, it was legal for the government to detain people indefinitely, so long as they were removed from Australia as soon as reasonably practicable.
But for many of those awaiting deportation, that time was unspecified.
On Wednesday, at the end of a hearing into the detention of the Rohingya man, the High Court set aside its earlier ruling and found that his detention had been illegal.
The man had been in immigration detention after serving time in jail for child sexual offences.
The court was told most could not be returned home for fear of persecution and nine were stateless.
Five out of the 92 were in an "intractable" position and could not be removed due to factors beyond anyone's control, including the Rohingya man.
The court heard many of them were detained on character grounds, with a few on the grounds of national security.
Here is an idea, send these asylum seekers back where they came from .. looking at the names, the labor gov is sucking up to Muslims again
I'm sure Biden would love to import more trouble here
Someone who shows up is a NATIONAL SECURITY RISK ... Send Them Back or deport them back to the Middle East if they are a Saracen