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The government of Australia has decided for the abolishment of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) that was operating since 1976. The AAT is responsible for reviewing federal decisions on different types of matters. Attorney General Mark Dreyfus announced that AAT will be replaced by a new body by the end of 2023.
AAT was responsible for taking decisions from welfare payments to citizenship in Australia. It also dealt with the crucial appeals process related to decisions on refugee and migrant visas. The operations of the AAT started in 1976 but later its independence and decision-making quality deteriorated. AAT will be replaced by a new body by 2023 end but current matters will be unaffected.
Mark Dreyfus stated that the government wants assurance that appointments will be based on merits. After the creation of the new body, current members of AAT will have to reapply for their positions.
The decision regarding AAT abolishment was taken after a long discussion. The government wants to add 75 more members to reduce the current backlog.
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