Doctors for Refugees

The Fitzroy Legal Service is today, 27 July 2016, filing a constitutional challenge in the High Court of Australia on behalf of Doctors for Refugees.

The case will test whether secrecy laws in the Australian Border Force Act 2015 are an impermissible burden on the implied freedom of political communication. The case has been enabled through the generous support of barristers, lawyers from the commercial sector, Fitzroy Legal Service volunteers and GetUp. Doctors have been at the forefront of raising humanitarian concerns regarding conditions and treatment of asylum seekers and refugees, and again express their resolve to advocate for patients and public health through commencing this litigation. An overview of the case can be found here. The Young Liberty for Law Reform report Operation Secret Borders can be viewed here.