A Right to Come Home? Repatriation Rights & Policy in Australia
A Right to Come Home? Repatriation Rights and Policy in Australia, Governing During Crises Policy Brief #11 (Melbourne School of Government)
11 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2021
Date Written: April 15, 2021
With Australian citizens stranded abroad having brought a complaint against Australia to the United Nations, this Policy Brief examines current Australian policy on border closures and repatriation through the lens of both rights and policy. Analysing the proportionality of existing border closure policy and its impact on citizens stranded abroad, and drawing lessons from states such as New Zealand, Taiwan, and Singapore, the author identifies key deficiencies in the current system and offers a number of possible ways to expand and improve Australia’s quarantine system and repatriation policy.
Keywords: COVID-19; government; repatriation rights; international law; constitutional law
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