Category: Administrative Law (page 1 of 5)

AAT: Importance, Independence and Appointments

BY NARELLE BEDFORD

Introduction

The Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) commenced operations in 1976. Over time its jurisdiction has been expanded and it now reviews a vast array of federal government decisions made under more than 400 Acts. The AAT … Read the rest “AAT: Importance, Independence and Appointments”

Wrong place, wrong time: The next logical step in environmental, planning and climate change jurisprudence

BY MATT FLORO AND JASPER BROWN

On 8 February 2019, Chief Judge Preston of the NSW Land and Environment Court (LEC) handed down his landmark decision in Gloucester Resources Limited v Minister for Planning [2019] NSWLEC 7 (… Read the rest “Wrong place, wrong time: The next logical step in environmental, planning and climate change jurisprudence”

Automated Processes and Administrative Law: The Case of Pintarich

BY ANNA HUGGINS

The recent Full Federal Court decision in Pintarich v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation (‘Pintarich’) raises questions about the extent to which traditional administrative law doctrines are still fit for purpose in the digital age. In … Read the rest “Automated Processes and Administrative Law: The Case of Pintarich”

Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZVFW: The High Court on Unreasonableness and The Role of Judicial Review

BY GRANT HOOPER

Five years after the decision in Minister for Immigration and Citizenship v Li (2003) (Li) the High Court in Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZVFW & Ors (2018) (SZVFW) has revisited the controversial … Read the rest “Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v SZVFW: The High Court on Unreasonableness and The Role of Judicial Review”

The Constitutional Crisis that Keeps on Giving: Could an Invalidly Appointed Minister’s Decisions be Challenged via Judicial Review?

BY JANINA BOUGHEY

In the midst of the Liberal Party’s recent leadership turmoil, questions were raised about Peter Dutton’s eligibility to sit in Parliament. As Minister for Home Affairs (which, until the latest re-shuffle included immigration) Dutton was responsible, … Read the rest “The Constitutional Crisis that Keeps on Giving: Could an Invalidly Appointed Minister’s Decisions be Challenged via Judicial Review?”

Freedom of Political Communication and Public Servants

BY ANTHONY GRAY

In 1992 the Australian High Court recognised that the democratic nature of Australia’s Constitution required freedom of communication that was ‘political’ in nature. Though some matters have been resolved, the limited case law means that many of … Read the rest “Freedom of Political Communication and Public Servants”

Renewing the NDIS: Refocusing the Eligibility Debate

BY DARREN O’DONOVAN

The eligibility test for accessing the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) has risen to the front pages of the nation’s media amidst debates about the future position of autism within the scheme. This post introduces the criteria … Read the rest “Renewing the NDIS: Refocusing the Eligibility Debate”

Removing the Goal Posts: Manipulation of ‘Country Information’ and Public Law

BY JOSEPH LAVELLE WILSON AND DOUGLAS MCDONALD-NORMAN

‘Country information’ is information about other countries, which plays an essential role in refugee status determination (RSD). In Australia, RSD is conducted by officers of the Department of Home Affairs and by the … Read the rest “Removing the Goal Posts: Manipulation of ‘Country Information’ and Public Law”

Public Accountability over major mining projects in Queensland

BY NARELLE BEDFORD

The Adani mine has become synonymous with the ‘lawfare’ debate and issues relating to the suitability of review of mining decisions by courts. The first of the judicial review actions relating to Adani resulted in a consent Read the rest “Public Accountability over major mining projects in Queensland”

Fairness and Efficiency in the Migration ‘Fast Track’ Process

BY MARIA O’SULLIVAN

Case law dealing with migration has been highly influential in the development of administrative law in Australia, particularly in relation to procedural fairness. The High Court has developed a robust set of procedural fairness principles in the … Read the rest “Fairness and Efficiency in the Migration ‘Fast Track’ Process”

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