The Refugee Review Tribunal has been subjected to various forms of criticism over the years, despite the fact that the law-talking guys appointed to it have provided correct and preferable decisions for visa applicants and sponsors through independent, fair, just, economical, informal and quick merits reviews of migration and refugee decisions.
One correct and preferable decision by the law-talking guys (and girls, and technocrats) — made by way of an independent, fair, just, economical, informal and quick process — occurred in 1999, when two men from Bangladesh were denied refugee status, claimed on the basis of their supposed homosexuality.
But are they really?
Quick-thinking on the part of the Tribunal suggests not, when one of the pair refused to answer the fair and just question: ‘what brand of personal lubricant do you use when having sex with your partner?’
Judge blasts ‘biased’ refugee tribunal, Michael Pelly, The Australian, September 28, 2009.
Note that Bangladesh is also a great place for journalists — provided, of course, that they are “discreet about such matters” as human rights abuses by the Bangladeshi military (see : Bangladeshi anarchist, human rights activist and journalist, Tasneem Khalil: arrested and released, May 12, 2007). By the same token, Bangladesh is also a great place for workers — provided, of course, that they are “discreet about such matters” as wages and conditions, exploitation and oppression, liberation and revolution.
See also : White Power! (October 16, 2009) | Closing concentration camps makes GSL cry (July 30, 2008) | Kevin Andrews : Tool of the Week (June 2, 2008) | Boundless plains to share… (May 8, 2008) | Refugees join indigenous peoples on Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous (March 22, 2008) | Australian Citizenship Test (October 13, 2007) | They’re killing us all // To make the world safe (December 21, 2006) | One down, 1,011 to go! (July 10, 2004).