237 CLR 603; 83 ALJR 557; 254 ALR 1
French CJ, Gummow, Hayne, Heydon, Kiefel JJ
Date: 2 Apr 2009 Case Number: S384/2008 S385/2008
Real property – Compulsory acquisition - Where Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) ("LG Act"), s 186(1), provided that council may acquire land "for the purpose of exercising any of its functions" - Where LG Act, s 188(1) provided that council may not acquire land by compulsory process if land being "acquired for the purpose of re-sale" - Relationship between purpose of exercising any council functions and purpose of re-sale - Meaning of "purpose of re-sale" - Whether acquisition of land by council pursuant to development agreement requiring council to hold land acquired on trust for private developer, in exchange for money and money's worth, as part of larger public-private partnership, is acquisition for purpose of re-sale.
Real property – Compulsory acquisition - Where LG Act, s 188(2)(a) provided that land may be acquired by compulsory process even if acquisition for purpose of re-sale if land in question adjoins or lies in vicinity of other land acquired at same time under LG Act, Pt 1 of Ch 8, for purpose other than purpose of re-sale - Where adjoining land comprised public roads already vested in fee simple in council - Where Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (NSW), s 7B provided that State authority authorised to acquire land by compulsory process may do so even where land already vested in authority - Whether adjoining land nevertheless acquired under LG Act, Pt 1 of Ch 8.
Statutes – Interpretation - Presumption that legislature does not intend to interfere with property rights unless contrary intention manifest - Consequences for identification of purpose of acquisition.
Words and phrases – "function", "public-private partnership", "purpose of re-sale", "re-sale".
Local Government Act 1993 (NSW) – ss 24, 26, 186, 187, 188, 400B(1), 400B(2).
Land Acquisition (Just Terms Compensation) Act 1991 (NSW) – s 7B.
Roads Act 1993 (NSW) – ss 7(4), 145(3), 146(1)(e).
203 CLR 452; 74 ALJR 1319; 174 ALR 1
Gleeson CJ, Gaudron, McHugh, Gummow, Kirby, Hayne, Callinan JJ
Date: 31 Aug 2000 Case Number: M95/1999
Sentencing – Power of Court of Appeal to re-sentence on remaining convictions after quashing some convictions - Counts properly joined - No appeal against sentence by either Crown or appellant - Principles of proportionality and totality - Whether Court of Appeal had power to increase the sentences of the appellant on the remaining convictions - Whether Court of Appeal gave adequate reasons for increase in sentence - Whether substituted sentence ordinarily subject to ceiling on total punishment so appellant not exposed to risk of increased punishment following a successful appeal.
Words and phrases – "totality principle", "ceiling principle".
Crimes Act 1958 (Vic) – s 569(1).
Sentencing Act 1991 (Vic) – s 16(3A).
French CJ, Kiefel, Bell, Gageler, Keane, Nettle, Gordon JJ
Date: 10 Mar 2016 Case Number: M246/2015
Statutory interpretation – Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (Vic) ("IBAC Act") – Investigation by Independent Broad-based Anti-corruption Commission into allegations of assault and human rights violations by officers of Victoria Police – Where appellants were police officers suspected of involvement in alleged assault – Where appellants summoned to give evidence at public examination – Whether power to hold examination under Pt 6 of IBAC Act exercisable in relation to persons who have not been, but may be, charged with offence relating to subject matter of examination.
Statutory interpretation – Common law rights – Whether s 144 of IBAC Act abrogates privilege against self-incrimination.
Words and phrases – "abrogate", "companion principle", "compulsory examination", "police personnel misconduct", "principle of legality", "privilege against self-incrimination".
Independent Broad –based Anti-corruption Commission Act 2011 (Vic), ss 5, 8, 15, 42, 84(2), 120, 144.
238 CLR 460; 83 ALJR 654; 254 ALR 606
French CJ, Gummow, Heydon, Kiefel, Bell JJ
Date: 22 Apr 2009 Case Number: S474/2008
Defamation – Statements amounting to defamation - Test to be applied in determining what is defamatory - Whether general test has application to imputations concerning business or professional reputation - Whether general test limited to imputations concerning character or conduct - Distinction between defamation and injurious falsehood - Gacic v John Fairfax Publications Pty Ltd (2006) 66 NSWLR 675 considered.
Defamation – Statements amounting to defamation - Standards by which allegedly defamatory imputations to be judged - Distinction between general test for defamation and standards to be applied - Standards imported by describing hypothetical referees of whether person defamed as "right-thinking" - Relevance and applicability of general community standards.
Defamation – Statements amounting to defamation - Standards by which allegedly defamatory imputations to be judged - Whether in cases concerning business or professional reputation hypothetical referees assumed to have special knowledge of business or profession - When plea of true innuendo appropriate.
Defamation – Statements amounting to defamation - Test to be applied in determining what is defamatory - Whether jury misdirected - Whether substantial wrong or miscarriage occurred.
Words and phrases – "business defamation", "general community standards", "hypothetical referee", "ordinary decent person", "ordinary reasonable person", "reputation", "right-thinking", "true innuendo".
Defamation Act 1974 (NSW) – s 4(2).
Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) – s 6(2).
Uniform Civil Procedure Rules 2005 (NSW) – r 51.
238 CLR 516; 82 ALJR 934; 246 ALR 406
Gleeson CJ, Gummow, Kirby, Heydon, Crennan JJ
Date: 22 May 2008 Case Number: B39/2007
Income tax – Trust income - Present entitlement - Trust deed provided that beneficiaries entitled under default provision had immediate and indefeasible vested interest in income - Income never paid to or demanded by appellant as trustee of Unit Trust - Whether appellant as trustee of Unit Trust presently entitled to trust income - Whether entitlement of appellant under default provision reflected legal entitlements intended by parties creating trusts - Application of parol evidence rule - Whether entitlement of appellant under default provision a "sham".
Income tax – Trust income - Present entitlement - Reimbursement agreement - Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth), s 100A provided that beneficiary otherwise presently entitled to income of trust estate deemed not to be presently entitled where entitlement arose out of, or arose by reason of act, transaction or circumstance that occurred in connection with, "reimbursement agreement" - Whether transactions between building companies and Development Trust "reimbursement agreement" - Whether other income of Development Trust distributed to Raftland Trust but not derived from agreement between building companies and Development Trust arose out of, or arose by reason of act, transaction or circumstance that occurred in connection with, "reimbursement agreement" - Whether, by operation of s 100A, appellant as trustee of Raftland Trust and not tertiary beneficiaries of Raftland Trust presently entitled to trust income.
Income tax – Avoidance or minimisation of liability to tax - Proper analysis of documents and actions of appellant and other persons - Suggestion that certain actions constitute a "sham" - History and meaning of "sham" for the purposes of Australian law - Utility for legal purposes of conclusion that transactions constitute a "sham" - Whether in present case propounded documents expressed purposes and intentions of parties with legal consequences determined accordingly - Whether documents were a "sham" and may be disregarded with legal obligations of parties determined otherwise - Whether primary judge erred in references to and conclusions of "sham" - Whether Full Court erred in giving effect to different conclusion as to existence of "sham".
Trusts – Trust income - Whether losses borne by capital in previous tax years must be recouped before trust income is available for distribution - Relevance of existence of successive interests, where interest in income followed by interest in capital - Relevance of Upton v Brown (1884) 26 Ch D 588.
Words and phrases – "present entitlement", "reimbursement agreement", "sham".
Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) – ss 99A, 100A, 226H, 260, Pt IVA.
Kiefel CJ, Gageler, Keane, Nettle, Edelman JJ
Date: 17 Aug 2017 Case Number: S53/2017
Bankruptcy – Creditor's petition – Where petitioning creditor relied upon judgment debt – Where judgment debt resulted from contested hearing – Where no suggestion of fraud or collusion in obtaining judgment – Where evidence adduced to suggest debt not truly owing – Whether Bankruptcy Court has, and should exercise, discretion to "go behind" judgment to investigate debt.
Words and phrases – "debt truly owing", "fraud, collusion or miscarriage of justice", "'go behind' a judgment", "miscarriage of justice".
Bankruptcy Act 1966 (Cth) – s 52.
247 CLR 304; 87 ALJR 1; 292 ALR 617
French CJ, Hayne, Heydon, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell JJ
Date: 7 Nov 2012 Case Number: B28/2012
Family law – Children – Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) – Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations (Cth) – Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction – Wrongful removal – Order for return to country of habitual residence – Discretion to refuse to make return order – Objection of child to return – Ascertaining child's views and interests – Appointment of family consultant.
Practice and procedure – Procedural fairness – Mother removed children from country of habitual residence in Italy – Father sought children's return – Family Court has discretion not to make return order if person opposing return establishes child objects to being returned with strength of feeling beyond mere preference or ordinary wish and child has attained appropriate age and maturity – Family Court made return order notwithstanding children objected to their return – Family Court received evidence and report by family consultant about children's views – Children unsuccessfully applied at late stage to intervene by case guardian in proceedings between mother and father – No evidence of exceptional circumstances to suggest Family Court should have ordered independent representation for children under s 68L of Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) – Whether children denied procedural fairness in making of return order – Whether procedural fairness required children to have independent legal representation.
Words and phrases – "family consultant", "independent representation", "return order".
Family Law Act 1975 (Cth) – ss 62G, 68L, 68LA, 69ZT, 92, 111B.
Family Law (Child Abduction Convention) Regulations (Cth) – regs 14, 16, 19A, 26.
77 ALJR 1307; 198 ALR 262
Date: 25 Jun 2003 Case Number: S403/2002
Parliamentary elections (Cth) – Senate - New South Wales half Senate election - Whether date fixed for close of nominations in writ for election issued by Governor of New South Wales complied with s 156(1) of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) and s 4A(1) of the Senators' Elections Act 1903 (NSW) - Relationship between Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) and Senators' Elections Act 1903 (NSW) - Nature of relief by way of quo warranto - Whether proclamation by Governor-General proroguing Parliament may validly take effect prior to its publication in the Commonwealth of Australia Gazette.
75 ALJR 478; 178 ALR 57
Date: 14 Feb 2001 Case Number: M9/2001
Federal Magistrates Court – Federal Magistrates Act 1999 (Cth) - Validity.
Constitution – ss 71, 72, 73, 79, 80.
Federal Magistrates Act 1999 (Cth) – ss 11, 17, 20, 37(2).
Federal Magistrates (Consequential Amendments) Act 1999 (Cth) – Scheds 11, 12.
74 ALJR 1148; 173 ALR 145
Date: 27 Jun 2000 Case Number: S116/2000
Constitutional law (Cth) – "Matter" - Divisibility of - Appeal from Administrative Appeals Tribunal to Federal Court - Whether can be restricted to point of law - Whether Court has duty to determine entire matter.
Constitutional law (Cth) – Jurisdiction of Federal Court - Jurisdiction subject to exclusion by other Acts.
Income tax – Practice and procedure - Appeal to Full Court of Federal Court - Whether without jurisdiction - Alternative proceedings involving review by Administrative Appeals Tribunal and appeal to Federal Court - Applicable provisions governing Federal Court in each case.
Income tax – Public Tax Ruling - Duty imposed on Commissioner to abide by Ruling - Whether bound by duty where contradictory order of Federal Court - Whether mandamus available.
High Court – Constitutional writs - Applications for orders nisi for prohibition and mandamus and other relief - Test to be applied - Whether applicant has demonstrated reasonably arguable case.
Administrative law – Administrative Appeals Tribunal - Whether constitutionally permissible to restrict appeal to Federal Court to point of law.
Constitution – s 75(v).
Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1976 (Cth) – ss 43, 44.
Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) – s 24.
Income Tax Assessment Act 1936 (Cth) – ss 25(1), 25A(1), 170BA.
Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cth) – ss 14ZZ, 14ZZA, 14ZZL, 14ZZQ.
Federal Court Rules – O 52, r 15, O 52, r 10, O 53, r 2.
High Court Rules – O 55, r 2.
77 ALJR 1202; 198 ALR 259
Gummow, Hayne, Callinan JJ
Date: 17 Jun 2003 Case Number: S457/2002
Practice and procedure – High Court of Australia - Decision of single Justice - Application for leave to appeal discontinued - Whether collateral relief available pursuant to s 75(v) of the Constitution.
Constitution – s 75(v).
Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) – s 34.
220 CLR 308; 209 ALR 311; 78 ALJ R 1451
Gleeson CJ, McHugh, Gummow, Kirby, Hayne, Callinan, Heydon JJ
Date: 9 Sep 2004 Case Number: B60/2003
Constitutional law (Cth) – Defence – Offences by service members – Service offences – Offence of sexual intercourse without consent – Offence allegedly committed overseas – Service member on leave – Whether beyond legislative power to make conduct of a service member allegedly committed while overseas on leave a service offence triable before an Australian service tribunal.
Defence – Military forces – Discipline – Service member on leave – Offence of sexual intercourse without consent – Offence alleged to have occurred in Thailand – Whether offence may be prosecuted before Australian service tribunal in Australia – Whether beyond constitutional power so to provide – Whether service connection sufficient within Constitution to found valid conferral of power upon tribunal.
Constitution – s 51(vi), Ch III.
Defence Force Discipline Act 1982 (Cth) – ss 9, 61.
75 ALJR 470; 177 ALR 491
Date: 14 Dec 2000 Case Number: C17/2000
Practice and procedure – Extension of time - Factors to be considered.
Constitutional law – Constitutional relief - Jurisdictional error - Whether Full Bench of Australian Industrial Relations Commission made a jurisdictional error - Role of Full Bench on appeal.
Practice and procedure – Costs - Whether s 347 of the Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) applied - Whether proceedings commenced "vexatiously or without reasonable cause".
Constitution – s 75(v).
Workplace Relations Act 1996 (Cth) – ss 45, 347.
High Court Rules – O 55, r 17 O 55, r 30 O 60, r 6
Date: 31 Jan 2017 Case Number: C15/2016
Constitutional law (Cth) – Judicial power – Election of Senator – Validity – Court of Disputed Returns – Power to hear petition – Whether non-judicial –Constitution, Ch III – Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth), Pt XXII, Div II.
Practice and procedure – High Court of Australia – Failure to raise argument at hearing – Principles applicable – Validity – Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth), Pt XXII, Div II.
Constitution, ss 44(ii), 44(iii), 45, 47.
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) – Pt XXII.
Kiefel, Bell, Gageler, Keane, Nettle JJ
Date: 3 Feb 2017 Case Number: C15/2016
Parliamentary elections (Cth) – Senate – Reference to Court of Disputed Returns – Where at date of nomination person convicted of offence punishable by term of imprisonment for one year or longer – Where person liable to be sentenced – Where person elected as Senator – Where conviction subsequently annulled – Whether annulment of conviction of retrospective effect – Whether person incapable of being chosen as Senator under s 44(ii) of Constitution – Whether vacancy should be filled by special count of ballot papers.
Words and phrases – "annulment", "convicted and is under sentence, or subject to be sentenced", "incapable of being chosen", "retrospective effect", "special count", "void ab initio".
Constitution – s 44(ii).
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) – ss 364, 376.
Crimes Act 1900 (NSW) – s 117.
Crimes (Appeal and Review) Act 2001 (NSW) – ss 4, 8, 9, 10.
Crimes (Sentencing Procedure) Act 1999 (NSW) – ss 10, 25.
Date: 27 Jan 2017 Case Number: C14/2016
Kiefel CJ, Bell, Gageler, Keane, Nettle, Gordon, Edelman JJ
Date: 5 Apr 2017 Case Number: C14/2016
Constitutional law – Parliamentary elections (Cth) – Senate – Reference to Court of Disputed Returns – Where person elected and re-elected as senator – Where person stood to gain financially from Commonwealth paying rent under lease of person's electorate office – Where person's bank account nominated by lessor as bank account for payment of rent by Commonwealth – Where payment of rent reduced person's contingent liability as guarantor under loan facilities – Where person had prospect of receiving distribution of rent proceeds as beneficiary of discretionary trust – Whether person had indirect pecuniary interest in lease agreement with Commonwealth – Whether person incapable of being chosen or of sitting as senator under s 44(v) of Constitution – Whether vacancy should be filled by special count of ballot papers – Whether special count would distort voters' real intentions.
Words and phrases – "distortion of the voters' real intentions", "expectation of pecuniary benefit", "incapable of being chosen", "indirect pecuniary interest", "special count", "true legal intent of the voters".
Constitution – s 44(v).
Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) – ss 168(1), 272(2), 273(27), 360, 376.
Parliamentary Entitlements Act 1990 (Cth) – s 4(1), Item 7 of Pt 1 of Sched 1.
Date: 8 Oct 2001 Case Number: A25/2001
78 ALJR 305; 204 ALR 1
Date: 10 Dec 2003 Case Number: H3/2003
High Court – Practice and procedure – Leave to issue proceedings – Applicant previously unsuccessful in application for special leave to appeal from State Supreme Court judgment – Applicant propounds for filing in the High Court motion claiming declarations invoking the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Claims right to fair hearing violated in High Court and in State Supreme Court – Relevance of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights to Australian domestic law – Relevance in circumstances where the governing law is statutory and admits of no doubt or ambiguity – Whether propositions reasonably arguable.
International law – Relevance to Australian domestic law – International law of human rights – International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights – Status of unincorporated treaty – Influence of Covenant on development of common law and in the resolution of ambiguous legislation – Duty of Australian courts to obey and give effect to clear domestic law applicable to the case – Inadmissibility of process in the High Court seeking declaration and orders based on alleged effect of Covenant.
Constitution – covering cl 5, ss 75(i) and (iv), 76(i).
Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) – ss 35(1) and (2).
High Court Rules – O 58, r 4(3).
204 CLR 158; 75 ALJR 203; 176 ALR 545
Gleeson CJ, Gaudron, McHugh, Gummow, Kirby, Hayne, Callinan JJ
Date: 7 Dec 2000 Case Number: A6/2000 A9/2000
Courts and judges – Federal courts - Jurisdiction - Orders made by Federal Court in exercise of jurisdiction conferred by cross-vesting legislation - Status of orders of Federal Court made without jurisdiction - Whether federal law can empower a federal court to make orders binding until set aside in proceedings in which that court had no jurisdiction.
Constitutional law – Inconsistency - State laws providing for rights and liabilities of persons affected by ineffective judgments of federal courts - Whether any inconsistency between State laws and Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) and Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) - Validity of State laws.
Constitutional law – Invalidity under Chapter III - State laws providing for rights and liabilities of persons affected by ineffective judgments of federal courts - Whether State laws confer jurisdiction upon a State court which is incompatible with Chapter III of the Constitution - Whether State laws repugnant to federal judicial power - Validity of State laws.
Constitutional writs – Applications out of time - Whether certiorari should issue to quash order of federal court made without jurisdiction.
Constitutional law – Interpretation - Substance and form - Significance of distinction - Application to elucidation of suggested inconsistency between federal and State laws and incompatibility of State laws with Chapter III of the Constitution.
Words and phrases – "ineffective judgment", "relevant order", "superior court of record".
Constitution – ss 51(xxxix), 71, 73, 75, 76, 77, 109.
Corporations (South Australia) Act 1990 (SA).
Corporations (Queensland) Act 1990 (Q).
Corporations Law – s 58AA.
Federal Courts (State Jurisdiction) Act 1999 (SA) – ss 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14.
Federal Courts (State Jurisdiction) Act 1999 (Q) – ss 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 14.
Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) – ss 5(2), 24, 33.
Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) – ss 35, 39.
180 ALR 453
Date: 11 Jul 2001 Case Number: C9/2001
High Court Practice – Leave to issue summons - Earlier direction by a Justice that Registrar refuse to issue summons without leave - Purposes of provisions in O 58 r 4(3) High Court Rules - Whether proposed summons clearly meritless or futile - Relevance of history of previous litigation and terms of relief sought - Applicable principles for grant of leave.
Practice and procedure – Frivolous and vexatious proceedings - High Court Practice - Direction of a Justice that Registrar should refuse to issue summons without leave of a Justice first had and obtained - Principles governing provision of such leave - Whether, if issued, relief claimed in summons meritless or futile
High Court Rules – O 58 r 4(3).