The High Court judges unanimously held that a person must be released from immigration detention where there is no real prospect of them being deported in the foreseeable future.
The government will urgently legislate after the High Court on Tuesday outlined its reasons for its decision that indefinite immigration detention was unconstitutional.
This week, the High Court made an order which overturns the laws on which much of Australia’s immigration system is based. What happens to the law, and those most affected by it, now?
The overturning of almost 20 years of legal precedent allowing indefinite detention is a watershed moment. But stateless people in Australia have few rights and little say over their futures.
Last week, the High Court ruled the community of Santa Teresa could be compensated for the “distress and disappointment” caused by their poor housing. So how can such housing be better managed?
Convicted terrorist Abdul Nacer Benbrika yesterday won the right to remain an Australian citizen. So will he go free? And what does this mean for national security?
The tiny remote community of Santa Teresa spent seven years fighting for compensation for poor public housing. Now that the High Court has ruled in their favour, what does it mean for other renters?
Support for road-user charging strengthens when people are assured that revenue goes into reducing traffic congestion, maintaining transport infrastructure, improving public transport.
Taxing electric vehicles was always a bad idea. But the High Court’s ruling against Victoria’s law could make state-based road user charges impossible.
The embattled airline may be forced to compensate almost 2000 workers as a result of the ruling.
The idea of giving aspects of nature legal rights is gaining traction – but the results are mixed.
We need a richer account of democracy within which to locate the Voice, to lift the quality of public debate about it.
The immigration minister still retains ‘god-like’ powers in visa matters, but the ruling is at least an opportunity to make the process clearer, fairer and more transparent.
Palmer sued Western Australia’s government in the High Court and lost. But an obscure clause in a little-known trade agreement is giving him a second chance
The Voice to Parliament is an advisory body, which means neither parliament nor the government is legally required to give effect to its representations.
The current draft wording is the model most consistent with Australia’s current and historical constitutional practice.
All criminal matters start in the local court. The more serious ones work their way up to the higher courts for sentence or trial.
The High Court found the NSW laws were not unconstitutional – but there is still much room for reform.
With the retirement of Chief Justice Susan Kiefel and Justice Patrick Keane in the next parliamentary term, there is an opportunity to make the High Court more diverse.
Confusing court findings have left the rules in party pre-selections in a mess, and members with little say in who contests individual seats.