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  • Egypt says ceasefire will begin today
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Fast-tracked curfew laws for freed detainees challenged in High Court

In Australia, new laws rushed through federal parliament last week to impose curfews and ankle bracelets on former immigration detainees face their first High Court legal challenge as lawyers for a former Chinese student claim the new measures are unconstitutional.

Lawyers for the man, who was placed in detention last year after serving a prison sentence, lodged court documents last night in a bid to have the Migration Act amendments declared invalid, alleging they treat former detainees as criminals and raise concerns about the separation of powers between parliament and the courts.

Lawyers for a former Chinese student released from detention after time in jail claim the government’s tough new monitoring rules are unconstitutional.Credit: Alex Ellinghausen

“The application before this Court raises issues of significant public importance, necessitating prompt and thorough judicial examination. These matters are not only pivotal to the affected individuals but also bear considerable weight in the broader context of constitutional law and administrative practice,” the court document says.

According to the application, the man – who has been given the pseudonym S151 – has been told by the Commonwealth he must abide by a curfew, requiring him to stay at home between 10pm and 6am.

Find out more about the challenge here. 

Egypt says ceasefire will begin today

In the latest news on the Israel-Hamas war, with a ceasefire agreement reached between both parties, along with the United States and Qatar, which helped broker the deal that would bring a temporary halt to the devastating war that is now in its seventh week.

The Israeli government said that, under an outline of the deal, Hamas is to free at least 50 of the roughly 240 hostages taken in its October 7 attack on Israel over a four-day period, and Israel is to release some Palestinian prisoners in exchange.

Protesters gather outside the Scottish parliament building in Edinburgh this week.Credit: Getty

Egyptian state media say the truce will begin Thursday morning (local time), which would mean some time this afternoon or evening in Australia.

Egypt helped mediate the ceasefire agreement, which would bring the first respite to war-weary Palestinians in Gaza, where more than 11,000 people have been killed, according to health authorities.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said before the cabinet voted to back the agreement yesterday that the war would continue after any ceasefire. Some 1200 people have been killed in Israel, mostly during the initial incursion by Hamas.

That report is from AP, and you can find out more on this issue on our dedicated live blog.

This morning’s headlines at a glance

Good morning, and thanks for your company.

It’s Thursday, November 23. 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:

  • Communications Minister Michelle Rowland has rejected the eSafety Commissioner’s advice to force pornography sites to include age checks to stop children accessing them.
  • Reserve Bank governor Michele Bullock has put home buyers and businesses on notice that further interest rate pain is on the way.
  • A former Chinese student released from detention after time in jail has taken the government’s monitoring rules to the High Court, arguing they are unconstitutional.
  • The Albanese government is rolling out a national energy scheme to reach its ambitious green goals, aiming for a massive boost to power supply.
  • A Serco employee has been criminally charged during a corruption investigation into drug trafficking in an immigration detention centre.
  • The Victorian government has taken a swipe at the federal government over its dealings on the $40 billion National Disability Insurance Scheme, accusing it of being “underhanded”.
  • The NSW police minister’s office has been savaged by the privacy commissioner for withholding information about the fatal Tasering of a 95-year-old great-grandmother.
  • Overseas, the FBI is investigating after a vehicle exploded at a checkpoint on a bridge near Niagara Falls, and a border crossing between Canada and the US has closed.
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