Recent Cases

LibertyWorks Inc v Commonwealth of Australia [2021] FCAFC 90 (01 June 2021) (Katzmann, Wigney and Thawley JJ)


ADMINISTRATIVE LAW – challenge to validity of a determination made by the Health Minister under s 477(1) of the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth) – where determination prevented Australian citizens, permanent residents, or operators of outgoing aircraft or vessels from leaving Australian territory, unless an exemption applied – whether determination requires an individual to be subject to a biosecurity measure of a kind set out in Subdiv B of Div 3 of Pt 3 of Ch 2 of the Act and is therefore invalid by reason of s 477(6) – whether s 477(6) prevents a determination applying to a group or class of individuals

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION – whether s 477(3)(b) of the Biosecurity Act 2015 (Cth) refers to “places” outside Australian territory – whether Act displaces presumption that references to the singular include the plural