There are many reasons why people choose to migrate to Australia. Among them is the uncertainty of major political changes in their own country.
Take for instance the current situation in Hong Kong. Over the last couple of weeks, protests have taken place in reaction to the proposed changes to the extradition law. While the riots in themselves pose a danger to the citizens of Hong Kong, there is also the potential ramifications of this policy being passed.
The proposed legislation would allow extradition to any jurisdiction that it doesn’t currently have an extradition agreement with. This would include Taiwan, Macau and mainland China. In the past, these areas have been excluded due to concerns over their judicial independence and their human rights record.
While it’s a part of China, Hong Kong holds a high level of autonomy. After the British handover of Hong Kong back to China in 1997, it was agreed that Hong Kong would retain some of its democratic institutions including its judicial system and independence for 50 years after the handover, which would be 2047.
Citizens of Hong Kong now fear if this extradition policy is put in place it could affect the way of life in Hong Kong. The introduction of this law could see negative impacts on freedom of speech, freedom of the press, privacy and inequality. An unfair judicial system is one of the greater concerns for the people of Hong Kong.