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SGFB v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2002]

MIGRATION - appeal from decision of single judge affirming decision of Refugee Review Tribunal to refuse the grant of protection visa - whether appellant was an Afghan citizen - whether Court erred in failing to admit further affidavit material - whether fresh evidence would have meant that there was no evidence or other material to justify the making of the Tribunal's decision - whether the Court erred in failing to find a jurisdictional error - appeal dismissed.

NAPI v MInister for Immigration [2002] FMCA 247 (14 October 2002)

MIGRATION - Review of Refugee Review Tribunal decision affirming a delegate's decision to refuse to grant a protection visa - time limit for filing review application.

PRACTICE AND PROCEDURE - Objection to competency - application filed out of time.

COSTS - Whether former solicitors for applicant should pay the respondent's costs where the applicant acted on advice to his detriment.

Kolotau v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [20


1 Although the notice of appeal contains eight grounds, the appellants have raised only three points. Two of those points, namely the matters raised in paragraphs 2 and 3 of the notice of appeal, are conceded by Mr Kolotau, who has appeared for himself and his wife, to be factually wrong. We need not trouble with them anymore.

2 The remaining five grounds, raise a question of constitutional power. This is most precisely stated in ground 4, namely:

"That it is beyond the power of the Commonwealth to enact legislation under the Migration Act pursuant to sections 474, 475 and 476, having an unjust effect on individual and citizens of Australia."

3 The constitutional validity of this legislation was considered by a Full Court of this Court in NAAV v Minister for Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs [2002] FCAFC 228. The Full Court unanimously held the legislation is not constitutionally invalid. This Court is bound by that decision.

NAOK v Minister for Immigration [2002] FMCA 269 (30 October 2002)

MIGRATION - Review of Tribunal decision - fear of persecution in home-state in India - possibility of relocation to another state - requirement to consider fear in home-state where relocation possible - procedural fairness.

NAJT v Minister for Immigration & Multicultural & Indigenous Affairs [2002]

1 This is an appeal against a decision of Madgwick J given on 11 July 2002. Madgwick J upheld an objection to competency filed by the respondent, the Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs.

2 The basis for his Honour's decision was that the Court had no jurisdiction because of the terms of s 476(2) of the Migration Act 1958. That subsection says:

"(2) Despite any other law (including ... sections 39B ... of the Judiciary Act 1903, ...), the Federal Court do[es] not have any jurisdiction in respect of a decision of the Minister not to exercise, or not to consider the exercise, of the Minister's power under ... section 48B [or section 417]."

3 In the present case, the complaint is that the Minister should have considered the exercise of his power under s 48B or s 417. It seems to us clear that s 476(2) covers the situation.

4 The point is taken in the notice of appeal, although in an elliptic way, that ss 474, 475 and 476 of the Act are not constitutionally valid. Section 78B notices were given to the Attorneys-General in relation to this point before the hearing at first instance. No Attorney-General sought to intervene. In this Court, the issue of the constitutional validity of those sections is concluded by the decision of the Full Court in NAAV v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs [2002] FCAFC 228.

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