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Commencement of Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments



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THE HON NICOLA ROXON MP Attorney-General Minister for Emergency Management

MEDIA RELEASE

3 December 2012 COMMENCEMENT OF INDEPENDENT REVIEWER OF ADVERSE SECURITY ASSESSMENTS

The Hon Margaret Stone has commenced work as the inaugural Independent Reviewer of Adverse Security Assessments, Attorney-General Nicola Roxon announced today.

“Ms Stone will provide an independent review process for those assessed to be a refugee but not granted a permanent visa as a result of an ASIO adverse security assessment,” Ms Roxon said.

“Refugees in immigration detention who are the subject of an adverse security assessment will have access to this new independent review option.

“I am pleased that Ms Stone can now start this important work.

“Ms Stone is an eminent Australian with experience in legal, immigration and national security matters.

“Ms Stone will examine the materials used by ASIO and will provide a recommendation to the Director-General of Security as well as report these findings to the Attorney-General, Minister for Immigration and Citizenship and the Inspector-General of Intelligence and Security.

“There will also be a regular 12 month periodic review of adverse security assessments for refugees in immigration detention.”

Ms Stone will write to people eligible for review shortly, notifying them of their entitlement to seek review, and to provide further information on the application and review processes.

For all media enquiries, please contact the Attorney-General’s Office on 02 6277 7300 or 0409 945 476