12 July 2009

This week in Parliament, Courts and Tribunals (13 July 2009) . . .

The following legislative activities, which affect Australian servicemembers and veterans or concern military justice issues, are occurring this week in the Parliament of Australia:

Parliament is in its winter recess until 11 August.

There are a small number of committee hearings occurring during the recess; however, none of the hearings this week involve military or veterans affairs matters.

The following military justice and veterans cases are occurring this week:

High Court of Australia

No military justice or veterans cases are being argued this week.

Lane v. Morrison, case [2009] HCA 5, which was argued in April, is due to be decided at any time. The case involves a servicemember of the Royal Australian Navy who challenged the constitutionality of the newly created Australian Military Court after charges were brought against him. This blog has previously discussed the Lane case here.

Federal Court of Australia (Full Court)

No military justice or veterans cases are being argued this week.

Kowalski v. Repatriation Commission, case SAD26/2009, is still pending. Veteran's claim appeal under the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 filed on 3 March 2009 from decision of single judge to full court, next listing date appears as 14 August.

Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal

The Tribunal is in recess; it will next sit on 10 September 2009.

Australian Military Court

There are no cases of significance this week.

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