The High Court delivered a ruling earlier this month that’s led to the release of more than 140 people from indefinite immigration detention.
Some have serious criminal backgrounds in Australia or overseas.
It’s become a political nightmare for the government as it’s scrambled to have those released monitored by authorities.
Today, chief political correspondent for the ABC’s 7.30 program, Laura Tingle, on why the political chaos that’s unfolded since the court ruling has been an ‘unedifying debacle’.
Laura Tingle, 7.30's chief political correspondent