He said for years the families of suspected foreign fighters have suffered for the actions they themselves did not commit.
“It’s a punishing regime. That is day in and day out. They’ll go days on without water, they’ll have days without food; they try and make do it the best they can of course. There’s very little medical help. Children are sick and it’s just a torturous situation for them.”
“So I would hope there are further implications from this ruling that can be read into it. It underscores as a fact the Australian government has a responsibility to all Australians, wherever they are around the world.”
Judges order reinstatement of Australian citizenship
He was pardoned in June last year, but the then-home affairs minister Karen Andrews cancelled his citizenship despite classified advice from ASIO that did not recommend citizenship cancellation, the court heard.
In a statement, Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus said the government will examine the judgement and its implications in detail.
‘Welcome step in helping to restore the rights of all Australian children’
“Both these innocent dependents – as well as any children accused or convicted of criminal activity – have the fundamental right to retain their Australian citizenship.
“Today’s court ruling is a welcome step in helping to restore the rights of all Australian children.”
‘Due for action’