High Court of Australia

Pfeiffer v Stevens [2001] HCA 71

209 CLR 57; 76 ALJR 269; 185 ALR 183

13 Dec 2001

Case Number: B40/2001


Gleeson CJ, McHugh, Gummow, Kirby, Hayne JJ


Statutes – Construction – By-laws and Regulations – Validity – Procedure for making interim local laws – Whether Minister's power to extend interim local law limited so as to preclude multiple extensions – Whether power to extend interim local law contrary to requirements of sunset provision – Where statute conferred power on Minister to extend interim local law for "longer period" – Whether interim local law had ceased to have effect at relevant time.

Local Government – By-laws and Regulations – Validity – Power of extension of interim local law.

Constitutional law (Cth) – "law of a State" – Constitutional presumptions and penal laws – Contextual implications of limited delegation – Whether multiple extensions of an interim local law that imposes penal sanctions results in uncertain validity.

Words and phrases – "sunset provision", "a longer period", "interim local law".

Acts Interpretation Act 1954 (Q) – s 23(1).

Local Government Act 1993 (Q) – ss 850, 851, 859, 860, 861, 862, 863.

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