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Re Patterson; Ex parte Taylor [2001] HCA 51 (6 September 2001)
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Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs v Eshetu [1999] HCA 21 (

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs v Eshetu

Re Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

& Anor; Ex parte Eshetu

Administrative law - High Court - Constitution, s 75(v) - Prohibition and mandamus - Refugee Review Tribunal - "Wednesbury" unreasonableness - Whether Tribunal acting within jurisdiction.

Immigration law - Refugees - Refugee Review Tribunal decision refusing to grant protection visa - Whether review available if Tribunal acts inconsistently with s 420 of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) - Whether ground of review precluded by s 476(2)(b) of the Act - Whether failure of Tribunal to make certain findings of fact an error of law - "well-founded fear of being persecuted".

Shaw v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs [2003] HCA 72 (9

Shaw v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Constitutional law (Cth) - Powers of the Parliament - Naturalisation and aliens - Applicant born in United Kingdom - Applicant entered Australia in 1974 - Applicant did not acquire Australian citizenship - Cancellation of applicant's visa by Minister - Whether power of cancellation validly extended to applicant - Whether applicant an "alien" for purposes of s 51(xix) of the Constitution - Whether applicant's statutory status as "British subject" at time of entry into Australia inconsistent with classification as "alien" - Whether applicant a "subject of the Queen" for purposes of s 117 of the Constitution.

Constitutional law (Cth) - Powers of the Parliament - Whether applicant subject to removal under power with respect to immigration - Whether applicant subject to removal under power with respect to external affairs - Whether implied nationhood power relevant.

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs v B [2004

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs v B

Courts and judicial system - Family Court - Jurisdiction - Scope of welfare jurisdiction - Constitutional basis of welfare jurisdiction - Whether conferral of jurisdiction in relation to a "matter" - Children in immigration detention - Whether welfare jurisdiction extends to children of marriages of parents in immigration detention - Whether Family Court in exercising welfare jurisdiction can make orders directed at third parties - Whether Family Court has power to order release from detention - Whether any general welfare jurisdiction and powers of Family Court authorises orders inconsistent with specific obligations imposed on federal officers under Migration Act.

Family law - Children - Children in immigration detention - Welfare jurisdiction - Scope of welfare jurisdiction - Whether welfare jurisdiction extends to children of marriages of persons in immigration detention - Whether court has power to order release from detention.

Family Court of Australia - Jurisdiction - Scope of welfare jurisdiction - Whether welfare jurisdiction extends to children of marriages of parents in immigration detention.

Family Court of Australia - Order - Certificate granting leave to appeal to High Court of Australia - Relevant considerations governing grant of such certificate.

Migration - Detention - Unlawful non-citizens - Children in immigration detention - Whether Family Court has power to make orders releasing children from detention.

International law - Interpretation of legislation in conformity with treaty obligations - Relevance and effect of provisions of treaties to which Australia is a party - Obligation to give effect to clear provisions of valid Australian statutory law notwithstanding alleged breaches of international law.

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs v Bhardwaj [2002] HCA 11

Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs v Bhardwaj


Immigration - Immigration Review Tribunal - Powers and duties of Tribunal - Capacity of Tribunal to correct own error - Decision cancelling visa - Failure to consider correspondence from respondent - Reconsideration of decision - Whether decision involving jurisdictional error is a nullity - Whether Tribunal may of its own motion reconsider its decision - Whether validity of decision open to collateral attack.

Administrative law - Judicial review - Procedural fairness - Administrative decision - Tribunal required to give respondent opportunity to appear - Decision made after Tribunal mistakenly assumed respondent declined to appear - Whether jurisdictional error constituted by denial of procedural fairness - Whether failure to exercise jurisdiction - Whether Tribunal authorised to make fresh decision - Whether invalidity of decision could be raised in collateral attack on validity of decision in proceedings.

Re Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Ex parte Applicant S

Re Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs; Ex parte Applicant S20/2002

Appellant S106/2002 v Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs

Immigration - Refugees - Temporary protection visas - Application for certiorari, prohibition and mandamus under s 75(v) of the Constitution - Where Refugee Review Tribunal found that applicant was an unreliable witness and discounted evidence said to be corroborative - Whether Tribunal's decision was "irrational, illogical and not based upon findings or inferences of fact supported by logical grounds" - Whether Tribunal's decision was affected by actual bias or by a reasonable apprehension of bias - Whether Tribunal's decision was vitiated by jurisdictional error - Distinction between discretionary decisions and decisions involving the finding of facts essential to the exercise of jurisdiction - Whether Tribunal's decision evidenced an erroneous approach to the finding of jurisdictional facts.

Constitutional law - Section 75(v) of the Constitution - Review of administrative decisions - Jurisdictional error - Bias - Extent to which the content of the constitutional writs is affected by common law developments in administrative law - Availability of constitutional writs in proceedings that include an appeal concerning related issues.

Administrative law - Judicial Review - Whether Tribunal's decision was "irrational, illogical and not based upon findings or inferences of fact supported by logical grounds" - Unavailability of review of factual or evidentiary merits - Whether relief available under Migration Act 1958 (Cth) ("the Act") or under the Constitution, s 75(v) - Whether Tribunal had no jurisdiction to make the decision - Whether the decision was not authorised by the Act - Whether the decision was marred by error of law - Whether the decision was so unreasonable that no reasonable tribunal would have made it.

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