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1 All the judges have read the papers in this case and heard what the appellant has said, through an interpreter. For myself I am unable to find any error in what French J has said in his reasons for judgment. In a case like this, particularly where a person is not represented by a lawyer, the Court looks again at the decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal. We read it with care. Then we read the decision of the judge to whom you appealed, French J. Then we read any written material that you have given us, which happened in this case. Then we listen to you in court here today.

WAAU v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCAFC 67 (7

WAAU v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCAFC 67 (7 March 2002); [2002] FCA 295
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WAAU v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCAFC 67
WAAU v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs [2002] FCA 295



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The Federal Court adopted a new medium neutral citation (FCAFC) for Full Court judgments effective from 1 January 2002. Single Judge judgments will not be affected and will retain the FCA medium neutral citation.

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FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA
WAAU v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural Affairs

[2002] FCA 295


MIGRATION - appeal - no error in primary judge's reasons

Migration Act 1958 (Cth)

WAAU V MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

W488 OF 2001

BLACK CJ, WILCOX & MOORE JJ

7 MARCH 2002

PERTH

IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA


NEW SOUTH WALES DISTRICT REGISTRY
W488 OF 2001



ON APPEAL FROM A JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

BETWEEN:
WAAU

APPELLANT

AND:
MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

RESPONDENT

JUDGE:
BLACK CJ, WILCOX & MOORE JJ

DATE OF ORDER:
7 MARCH 2002

WHERE MADE:
PERTH



THE COURT ORDERS THAT:

1. The appeal be dismissed

2. The appellant pay the respondent's costs of the appeal

Note: Settlement and entry of orders is dealt with in Order 36 of the Federal Court Rules.

IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA


NEW SOUTH WALES DISTRICT REGISTRY
W488 OF 2001



ON APPEAL FROM A JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

BETWEEN:
WAAU

APPELLANT

AND:
MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

RESPONDENT



JUDGE:
BLACK CJ, WILCOX & MOORE JJ

DATE:
7 MARCH 2002

PLACE:
PERTH




REASONS FOR JUDGMENT


BLACK CJ:

1 All the judges have read the papers in this case and heard what the appellant has said, through an interpreter. For myself I am unable to find any error in what French J has said in his reasons for judgment. In a case like this, particularly where a person is not represented by a lawyer, the Court looks again at the decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal. We read it with care. Then we read the decision of the judge to whom you appealed, French J. Then we read any written material that you have given us, which happened in this case. Then we listen to you in court here today.

2 After that we apply to your case the law of Australia, as we know it to be. Now, the way in which the law works in Australia in refugee cases is that the decisions about what happened, the facts of the matter, are made by the Refugee Review Tribunal. That is the fundamental point. The decisions about the facts are not made by a judge at all. The Tribunal makes the decision about what the facts are. The role of the Court is to see whether there is any legal mistake in the application of the law to what the Tribunal has done.

3 French J, the judge from whom you are appealing, looked at the Tribunal's reasons, knowing that you were unhappy with them, to see if there was any legal mistake in what the Tribunal had done. Now, having read all the papers myself I am compelled to the conclusion that French J was right in concluding there was no legal mistake in what the Tribunal had done. For those reasons the appeal should be dismissed.

I certify that the preceding three (3) numbered paragraphs is a true copy of the reasons for judgment herein of the Honourable Chief Justice Black.



Associate:

Dated: 20 March 2002

IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA


NEW SOUTH WALES DISTRICT REGISTRY
W488 OF 2001



ON APPEAL FROM A JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

BETWEEN:
WAAU

APPELLANT

AND:
MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

RESPONDENT



JUDGE:
BLACK CJ, WILCOX & MOORE JJ

DATE:
7 MARCH 2002

PLACE:
PERTH




REASONS FOR JUDGMENT


WILCOX J:

4 I agree with the Chief Justice. The only point that we are empowered to consider is whether there has been an error by the Tribunal in the law. I see no error in the law, whatever view the appellant may have about the findings of fact. For that reason the appeal must be dismissed.

I certify that the preceding one (1) numbered paragraph is a true copy of the reasons for judgment herein of the Honourable Justice Wilcox.



Associate:

Dated: 20 March 2002

IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA


NEW SOUTH WALES DISTRICT REGISTRY
W488 OF 2001



ON APPEAL FROM A JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

BETWEEN:
WAAU

APPELLANT

AND:
MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION AND MULTICULTURAL AFFAIRS

RESPONDENT



JUDGE:
BLACK CJ, WILCOX & MOORE JJ

DATE:
7 MARCH 2002

PLACE:
PERTH




REASONS FOR JUDGMENT

MOORE J:

5 I agree with the Chief Justice and Wilcox J.



I certify that the preceding one (1) numbered paragraph is a true copy of the reasons for judgment herein of the Honourable Justice Moore.



Associate:

Dated: 20 March 2002

Counsel for the Applicant:
The appellant appeared in person




Counsel for the Respondent:
Mr P.R. MacLiver




Solicitor for the Respondent:
Australian Government Solicitor




Date of Hearing:
7 March 2002




Date of Judgment:
7 March 2002

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