The case grappled with the deeper question of whether Indigenous Australians can be considered aliens and therefore excluded from the state.
Immigration minister David Coleman last year cancelled the visas of two Indigenous Australian men.
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The ability to remove an Indigenous person from their traditional country shows how Australia is still asserting colonial power over the identity of its First Peoples.
The High Court has referred George Pell’s application for special leave to the court’s full bench.
The High Court has referred Cardinal George Pell's application for special leave to appeal his convictions to the full bench of the High Court.
Geo-location technology can be used to block online content within a specified area in the world, thereby allowing for differences in national laws.
The order requires Facebook, Twitter and Google to remove certain content globally, based on it being defamatory under India's local law.
In a landmark decision, High Court ruled that the federal government may legitimately restrict the right of public servants to express political views.
The decision confirms the steady march of employer control over workers' private views and activities, supported by courts and tribunals over many years.
The posters in question, such as this one in the seat of Chisholm, are written in Chinese and are in the same colours used by the AEC.
Winning the case will be difficult, because it's not enough to show the posters were misleading – the petitioners will need to show it affected the outcome in the seat.
The ABC and News Corp have argued that the AFP raids infringe the “implied freedom of political communication” protected by the Australian Constitution.
Media companies' legal challenges to the legitimacy of recent AFP raids will allow the courts to clarify where the line is between national security and press freedom.
Who’s your daddy? This latest court case doesn’t provide any certainty for donors, women and their children.
When can a donor be a legal parent? The latest High Court ruling doesn't make it clear how much involvement a donor needs to have.
There are competing laws at the state and Commonwealth level that define who can be determined as a “parent,” a conflict the High Court decision did not necessarily clear up.
The High Court has decided that a man who donated sperm to a friend is considered a legal parent – a ruling that could have a chilling effect on similar artificial insemination arrangements.
Then Attorney-General Nicola Roxon and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek after the High Court rejected the legal challenge by tobacco companies to plain packaging laws, August 15, 2012.
Australia comprehensively defeated the tobacco giant, but is left with a multi million dollar bill.
The High Court has awarded the Ngaliwurru and Nungali peoples just over A$2.5 million for the loss of 1.27sqkm of non-exclusive native title at Timber Creek, Northern Territory.
A decision to award A$2.5 million compensation for loss of native title marks an important shift in how such claims are handled.
The evidence is against her.
The right to rent scheme has been found by the high court to breach human rights. What's more, it doesn't work, and can prevent society's most vulnerable from finding a home.
We need a new legal definition of ‘parent’ to reflect the diversity of Australian families.
Who is a child's legal parent? The question is at the heart of a case due before the High Court this year. It may have implications for children born via IVF or surrogacy, and the people who raise them.
The final day of parliament was just like the other sitting days of 2018: chaotic.
In the final sitting week for the year, the encryption bill was finally passed, and the Liberal Party changed its rules to prevent sitting prime ministers being toppled.
The Timber Creek claim is being seen as a test case for future Indigenous land rights compensation claims.
The decision will have huge implications for Indigenous peoples who have lost their land rights and for state and territory governments that may be liable for compensation.
There is enough in the Dutton case to raise questions about whether disqualification has occurred.
It is possible the home affairs minister is in breach of Section 44(v) of the Constitution – and if the High Court were to find him so, it would cause yet another headache for the government.
Might there be yet another way in which parliamentarians can unwittingly fall foul of dual citizenship laws?
Just when we thought the dual citizenship debacle was coming to an end, there may be another sting in our Constitution's tail.
Senator Katy Gallagher knew she was a British citizen at the last election, but maintains she took “all reasonable steps” to renounce it.
Today's High Court decision on whether Labor Senator Katy Gallagher is eligible to hold her seat will have significant implications for the whole parliament.
The Department of Human Services approach to social security fraud prosecutions has become less punitive in recent years.
Despite a public focus on punitive approaches to welfare fraud, the number of social security fraud prosecutions has fallen in recent years.
The only effective way of destroying the undue influence of large foreign donations is by placing a cap on all donations.
If the purpose of this bill is to prevent foreign donations from influencing elections, it manifestly does not achieve that outcome.