THE MORE PRESSING QUESTION is what does this mean for the “transferees”?
Nauru deports former media adviser Rod Henshaw
Updated 2 hours 43 minutes ago
Photo: Nauru’s Immigration Act was amended during a late-night sitting of parliament. (en.wikipedia.org)
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Former Nauru government media adviser, Australian Rod Henshaw, has been deported after an order signed by Nauru’s minister for Justice David Adeang.
Mr Henshaw was escorted by police to the airport and onto a flight to Brisbane.
The move comes after a late-night sitting in parliament, during which the Immigration Act was amended to allow Mr Adeang to sign deportation orders.
It is believed Mr Henshaw had been running a bar at a government-owned hotel in Nauru.
Mr Henshaw says no reason has been given for his deportation.
He told ABC Radio Australia shortly before his flight to Australia that his lawyers were requesting a stay of the deportation order.
“The act which went through last night in parliament… basically turns this place into a dictatorship with no right of appeal or no obvious rights of appeal,” he said.
“According to the act I do have seven days but that doesn’t come into play at all… They have now transported me to the airport where I am at the present time.”
Last week the Nauruan government deported the country’s magistrate, Australian Peter Law, and cancelled the visa of the Chief Justice, Geoffrey Eames.
Justice Eames said the Nauruan government did not agree with Mr Law’s rulings, which had earlier stopped the government from deporting Mr Henshaw and another Australian businessman who had been declared “prohibited immigrants” by Nauru’s justice minister.
The Nauruan opposition has accused the government of judicial interference and abandoning the rule of law.
Australia’s Law Council and the Bar Association have both expressed concern, calling on the Australian Government to take action.
Australian Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has described the upheaval in Nauru’s justice system as a “domestic issue”.
“Our representatives in Nauru are being briefed by the government about it,” she said.
“I expect to hear more in the days ahead but it’s very much focused on a domestic situation in Nauru.”
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