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  • Indefinite immigration detention ruled unlawful by High Court
  • Government will review ‘concerning’ Optus outage
  • Israeli troops fight Hamas in heart of Gaza, civilians flee to south
  • This morning’s headlines at a glance
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Indefinite immigration detention ruled unlawful by High Court

The High Court has ruled locking people in immigration detention indefinitely is illegal in a decision that overturns a 20-year-old precedent and could lead to the release of dozens of stateless detainees.

The successful challenge was brought by a plaintiff with the pseudonym NZYQ – whose visa was cancelled because he was convicted of child sex offences – after his legal team argued it was unconstitutional for the Commonwealth to continue to hold a person when there was no prospect of leaving Australia.

At least 90 people currently in immigration detention could be released after this ruling.Credit: Shannon Morris

His barrister Craig Lenehan, SC, said his client was a Rohingyan man – a persecuted group in Myanmar – who was not a citizen of Myanmar “and he is unable to obtain that citizenship”.

“He is not a citizen of any other country and he has no travel document. He is a stateless person,” Lenehan told the court on Tuesda.

The man had been detained since he was paroled in 2018, and several attempts were made to deport him.

Here’s the full story.

Government will review ‘concerning’ Optus outage

Returning to Australia, Communications Minister Michelle Rowland announced the Australian government will launch a review into yesterday’s nationwide Optus outage.

“Connectivity is absolutely essential for Australian consumers and businesses, and the impacts of this outage were particularly concerning,” she said in a statement today.

Communications Minister Michelle Rowland.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

“While we welcome that Optus services were restored over the course of the day, it is critical the government conducts a process to identify lessons to be learned from yesterday’s outage.”

The minister said her department will develop the terms of reference for the post-incident review, and more announcements will follow.

The Australian Communications and Media Authority will also carry out an independent investigation into Optus’ compliance with the rules requiring emergency calls be carried from all mobile carriers.

Israeli troops fight Hamas in heart of Gaza, civilians flee to south

Thousands of Palestinian civilians trudged in a forlorn procession out of the north of Gaza on Wednesday seeking refuge from Israeli air strikes and fierce ground fighting between Israeli troops and Hamas militants.

The exodus took place in a four-hour window of opportunity announced by Israel, which has told residents to evacuate the north encircled by its armoured forces or risk being trapped in the violence.

A Palestinian man carries his belongings while fleeing the Naser neighbourhood following Israeli airstrike on Gaza City.Credit: AP

But the central and southern parts of the small, besieged Palestinian enclave also came under fire again as the war between its Islamist Hamas rulers and Israel entered its second month.

Palestinian health officials said an air strike that hit houses in the Nusseirat refugee camp killed 18 people on Wednesday morning. In Khan Younis, six people, including a young girl, were killed in an air strike.

Here’s the full story from Reuters.

This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning and thanks for your company.

It’s Thursday, November 9. I’m Caroline Schelle, and I’ll be anchoring our live coverage for the first half of the day.

Here’s what you need to know before we get started:

  • Optus chief executive Kelly Bayer Rosmarin is facing pressure to explain why millions of people were left without critical communication services for more than 12 hours.
  • Liberal Senator Linda Reynolds, her former staffer Brittany Higgins and Higgins’ partner David Sharaz will spend two days in a mediation suite in a bid to settle their defamation rows face-to-face.
  • Oil and gas companies have gone from paying little tax to being among the biggest taxpayers in the country following the government’s successful legal fight.
  • Supermarkets are charging more by the kilo for fruits and vegetables sold without plastic, prompting green groups to challenge shops to meet their own standards.
  • The High Court has ruled locking people in immigration detention indefinitely is illegal in a decision that overturns a 20-year-old precedent.
  • Victoria’s Premier Jacinta Allan was told the Commonwealth Games was billions of dollars over budget a day before she spoke about it glowingly in parliament.
  • The Australian Palestinian Advocacy Network president has advocated for the destruction of the Israeli state in comments criticised by a prominent extremism expert.
  • For the latest updates about the Israel-Hamas war, tune into our dedicated live blog.

Let’s get into it.

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