High Court of Australia

Tabcorp Holdings Limited v Victoria [2016] HCA 4

2 Mar 2016

Case Number: M81/2015


French CJ, Kiefel, Bell, Keane, Gordon JJ


Statutes – Interpretation – Where conjoined "wagering licence" and "gaming licence" issued under statutory scheme – Where statute provided for payment on "grant of new licences" – Where statutory scheme amended so no new wagering licence and gaming licence could be issued – Whether "grant of new licences" confined to grant of new wagering licence and gaming licence – Whether payment due.

Statutes – Interpretation – Context – Relevance of legislative history – Relevance of commercial context.

Statutes – Interpretation – Principle of legality – Whether principle engaged where nature of right is contingent and interest to be protected is limited.

Words and phrases – "gaming licence", "gaming machine entitlement", "grant of new licences".

Gambling Regulation Act 2003 (Vic) – Pt 4A of Ch 3, Pt 3 of Ch 4, ss 4. 3. 4A, 4. 3. 12.

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