Category: Judicial review (page 1 of 4)

Should an ongoing criminal investigation bar the return of unlawfully seized property?

BY JULES O’DONNELL

Earlier this year, the High Court unanimously ruled that the Australian Federal Police (AFP) had unlawfully searched journalist Annika Smethurst’s home in 2018. The Court held that the warrant for the search was invalid because it did … Read the rest

The Palmer Act

BY NICK SEDDON

This post introduces a very strange story. It is about the Western Australian government’s legislative attempt to shut down Mr Clive Palmer’s arbitration claims to an estimated $30 billion, an amount that is about equal to the … Read the rest

Frenetic law making during the COVID-19 pandemic: the impact on doctors, patients and the Medicare system

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here.

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Democracy as the moral justification for judicial review

BY SALMAN SHAH

Introduction

There is a longstanding debate about whether it is democratically legitimate for a court to review the constitutional validity of a democratically elected parliament’s legislation. In a recent iteration of this debate, Jeremy Waldron adopts a … Read the rest

Extreme Examples in Constitutional Law

BY JACK MAXWELL

‘The spectre was raised in argument of a Government seeking to rule without Parliament or, at the least, dispense with its sitting for very lengthy periods. … We do not believe that it is helpful to consider

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Can Parliamentary Privilege be Used to Shut Down Parliamentary Accountability?

BY ANNE TWOMEY

Parliamentary privilege was established for the purposes of protecting Members of Parliament from being prosecuted or penalised for what they debated in Parliament or from being controlled by the executive in what they were permitted to debate. … Read the rest

Judicial Review and Inferences about Briefing Notes

BY MATT FLORO AND JASPER BROWN

Briefing notes play a significant role in the formation of a statutory decision-maker’s opinion. If it can be inferred that a statutory decision-maker read and considered a briefing note together with the attachments to … Read the rest

Can once valid legislation ‘become’ invalid? A case study of the High Court’s (now-lost) Nauru jurisdiction

BY BEN YE

On 13 March 2018, Nauru unilaterally terminated its bilateral treaty (‘Nauru Treaty’) with Australia. This treaty had been implemented by domestic law: the Nauru (High Court Appeals) Act 1976 (Cth) (‘Appeals Act’) granted … Read the rest

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

Are Victoria’s Safe-Access Zones Safe from the Constitution?

BY JULIAN O’DONNELL

In August 2016, anti-abortion activist and mother of thirteen Kathleen Clubb approached a couple entering an abortion clinic in East Melbourne. She spoke to the couple and handed them a pamphlet, which they declined. A Magistrate would … Read the rest

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