High Court of Australia

Plaintiff S297/2013 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2014] HCA 24

88 ALJR 722; 309 ALR 209

20 Jun 2014

Case Number: S297/2013


French CJ, Hayne, Crennan, Kiefel, Bell, Gageler, Keane JJ


Migration – Refugees – Protection visas – Power of Minister under s 85 of Migration Act 1958 (Cth) to determine maximum number of visas of specified class granted in specified financial year, in circumstances where s 65A imposed time limit in which protection visa applications must be decided – Minister signed instrument limiting number of protection visas granted in current financial year – Plaintiff's protection visa application not determined by Minister pursuant to that determination – Whether power under s 85 extended to protection visas – Whether instrument valid.

Words and phrases – "harmonious construction", "implied repeal", "leading provision", "legislative instrument", "subordinate provision".

Legislative Instruments Act 2003 (Cth) – s 56.

Migration Act 1958 (Cth) – ss 36, 39, 65, 65A, 84, subdiv AH.

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