Australian Classification Review Board to be amalgamated with the Refugee Review Tribunal

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Australian Classification Review Board to be amalgamated with the Refugee Review Tribunal

And the Administrative Appeals Tribunal and Migration Review Tribunal. Because... reasons?

The ABC is reporting that as part of the 2014 Federal budget, the Classification Review Board will be merged with three other review tribunals.

As part of sweeping changes slated to add up to $500 million in savings, the body responsible for reviewing the ratings of games and films in Australia will be folded into a single body made up of the The Administrative Appeals Tribunal, the Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal.

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal reviews decisions across all levels of Australian government at both a Federal and State level. The Migration Review Tribunal and Refugee Review Tribunal, already operating out of a single online portal, both review visa applications - the MRT focuses on non-protection visas, the RRT on just protection visas.

It's hard to see how the role of media classification review (not the classification process itself) fits in with these tribunals' processes, or how the specific needs of each role - refugee, governmental, and media - can be handled by a single body. Given this is a cost-cutting measure, it must perforce mean loss of staff and resources from some or all of these bodies.

Which would likely lead to increases in review lead times across the board.

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