Saudi Teenager and Australian Due Process

Even when Home Affairs admits to making a wrong decision – as in rejecting an applicant without reviewing available evidence – they lack the discretionary entitlement, let alone the courage to review the decision. Administrative hierarchies threaten. Bullies at the top- a Minister or a Departmental Secretary – could affect the careers of junior employees. From case managers to their supervisors, from area officers to directors and assistant directors, bureaucratic inertia prevails. Even when asked to review an obvious mistake, the response sounds like a Soviet style refrain: ‘we cannot review a decision once it has been made.’