Government should have been more on the ‘front foot’ in dealing with High Court ruling

Independent MP Zali Steggall says the government “should have been more on the front foot” in terms of giving the public information after the High Court ruled indefinite detention unlawful.

“We need to be careful not to whip up a frenzy, to respect the role of the High Court,” she told Sky News.

“That being said, I think they should have been more on the front foot in terms of information for the public, in acknowledging the situation, but also in what steps were then taken.”

Ms Steggall’s comments come after the Opposition questioned the government’s failure to have a legislative fix ready ahead of the Court’s decision.

It has been revealed 27 of the foreigners released from indefinite detention were referred to immigration ministers over very serious violent conduct or child sex offences.