So imagine playing a game of cards and if you lose there’s embarrassment from your friends. You put down your cards that you know can’t fail, absolutely nothing can stop those cards and you get defeated. And in a flash your out of the game and your friends are laughing. Now it’s not that bad if you lose in this but the government are playing a game of cards with high stakes. In Australia asylum seekers has been a big issue for many years. Politics have been playing their own game of card hoping to come with the best winning solution. Early in 2011 the government laid a hand of cards on the table. Australia’s Government offered to take 4000 refugees from Malaysia if Malaysia promised to take 800 asylum seekers in return. Australia thought they had the winning hand this time until the dealer had stepped in. The dealer in real life in politics is a place called High Court. The High Court is the most powerful court in Australia its power is above all the state and territory courts, even the high federal courts. In High Court 7 judges play a part of the dealer, they decide on important issues to our country. They’ve ruled cases involving the stolen generations, workplace law and Indigenous native land title. They do this by evaluating on the Australian law, and making judgements on what it says. Once their rule is made it’s final. In the Malaysia case 6-1 judges thought that this was illegal, which means that the government was actually trying to do something illegal. In the end the deal had to be called off, so the government lost this game. Julia’s still not quite out, because there’s still one play if she returns. The dealer threw her out if the game because the hand she threw broke the rules. If the rules changed her cards would be legal.
I know understand how governments kind of like a game, you put down your cards but then the High courts need and evaluate the law and make judgements. And their rule is final, and to succeed it needs to be legal.
What other positions are there in High court?
How long did it take for the court do find this trade was illegal?