Australian Refugee Review Tribunal defines refugee as “oogabooga”

A Burmese dissident has successfully fought a decision refusing her asylum in Australia because the word “oogabooga” was typed into the Refugee Review Tribunal’s ruling.

The word appeared next to the heading “Definition of ‘Refugee’ ” in a document outlining a tribunal member’s findings in the case of Burmese woman Khin Wut Hmon Win.

A federal magistrate ruled that its appearance in the document would cause a “fair-minded” observer to conclude the tribunal was biased in its deliberations, and so overturned the decision.

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