The Blurring of Australian and Nauruan Jurisdiction

Nauru has not established an appellate court to replace the Australian High Court, meaning the protestors, other Nauruans and the detainees now have no access to a court of appeal. With the Waqa government’s evident distaste for media scrutiny combined with Nauru’s dependence on the detention centre and the legal opacity of who is responsible for the crimes against humanity which there is significant evidence to suggest are being committed there, the severance of High Court jurisdiction allows the Australian government to exert power and control on the island with even less accountability then before.