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1 This is an appeal from a judgment dismissing with costs an application under s 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903 in respect of a decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal (`the Tribunal') handed down on 3 April 2003: NAOQ v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2003] FCA 647.

NAOQ v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2003]

NAOQ v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2003] FCAFC 250 (7 November 2003)
Last Updated: 3 December 2003


FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA
NAOQ v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs

[2003] FCAFC 250


NAOQ V MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION & MULTICULTURAL & INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

N 841 OF 2003

WHITLAM, MOORE & KIEFEL JJ

7 NOVEMBER 2003

SYDNEY

IN THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA



NEW SOUTH WALES DISTRICT REGISTRY
N 841 OF 2003




ON APPEAL FROM A SINGLE JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

BETWEEN:
NAOQ

APPELLANT


AND:
MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION &MULTICULTURAL & INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

RESPONDENT


JUDGES:
WHITLAM, MOORE & KIEFEL JJ


DATE OF ORDER:
7 NOVEMBER 2003


WHERE MADE:
SYDNEY




THE COURT ORDERS THAT:

1. The appeal be dismissed.

2. The appellant pay the respondent's costs.

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
N 841 OF 2003




ON APPEAL FROM A SINGLE JUDGE OF THE FEDERAL COURT OF AUSTRALIA

BETWEEN:
NAOQ

APPELLANT


AND:
MINISTER FOR IMMIGRATION &MULTICULTURAL & INDIGENOUS AFFAIRS

RESPONDENT




JUDGES:
WHITLAM, MOORE & KIEFEL JJ


DATE:
7 NOVEMBER 2003


PLACE:
SYDNEY





REASONS FOR JUDGMENT
THE COURT

1 This is an appeal from a judgment dismissing with costs an application under s 39B of the Judiciary Act 1903 in respect of a decision of the Refugee Review Tribunal (`the Tribunal') handed down on 3 April 2003: NAOQ v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2003] FCA 647.

2 The appellant is a national of Bangladesh, who was born on 15 January 1960 and arrived in Australia on 14 September 2000. He lodged an application for a protection visa on 12 October 2000, claiming to fear persecution, were he to return to Bangladesh, on the ground of his religion. The appellant said that he was an adherent of a `guru' who did not accept Mohammed as the last prophet of Islam and that he feared persecution by fundamentalist Muslims. His visa application was refused by a delegate of the respondent. That decision was affirmed by the Tribunal. It accepted that the appellant was a follower of the `guru' but disbelieved his account of events that had befallen him in Bangladesh on account of his religious affiliation. The Tribunal was not satisfied that there was any real chance that he would be persecuted should he return to Bangladesh. A migration agent acted at all times for the appellant during the consideration of his visa application.

3 The originating application filed in Court claimed that the decision of the Tribunal involved jurisdictional error. The appellant appeared in person at first instance and identified no such error. The primary judge said that the only matter he raised was the Tribunal's failure to believe him. Her Honour observed, correctly, that the assessment of a claimant's credibility was a function committed to the Tribunal. Accordingly the application was dismissed.

4 The notice of appeal contains no proper grounds of appeal. None has been articulated today. The appellant filed submissions which mentioned Muin v Refugee Review Tribunal (2002) 76 ALJR 966, but made no sense. There is nothing in the appeal papers to indicate that the appellant was denied procedural fairness before the Tribunal.

5 The appeal will be dismissed with costs.

I certify that the preceding five (5) numbered paragraphs are a true copy of the Reasons for Judgment of the Honourable Justices Whitlam, Moore & Kiefel.




Associate:

Dated: 7 November 2003

The appellant appeared in person.





Counsel for the respondent:
T Reilly






Solicitors for the respondent:
Sparke Helmore






Date of hearing:
7 November 2003






Date of judgment:
7 November 2003


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