15 November 2009

This week in Parliament, Courts and Tribunals (16 Nov 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:

The House and Senate are sitting this week. There are no military or veterans matters that are scheduled to be debated on the floor of either the House or Senate.

The following is going on this week in Parliamentary Committees:

Monday, 16 November 2009


Joint House-Senate Public Accounts and Audit Committee, Review of Auditor-General's Reports Nos. 32 (2008/09 to 1 (2009/10) (Audit Report No. 48 deals with Defence projects), 0945 hours, Committee Room 2R2, Parliament House, Canberra. (The hearing will also continue on Wednesday.) The Australian National Audit Office submissions can be found here.

Wednesday, 18 November 2009

Joint House-Senate Public Accounts and Audit Committee, Review of Auditor-General's Reports Nos. 32 (2008/09 to 1 (2009/10) (Audit Report No. 48 deals with Defence projects), 1145 hours, Committee Room 2R2, Parliament House, Canberra. The Australian National Audit Office submissions can be found here.

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

High Court of Australia

The High Court is not sitting this week. It will next sit on 1 December 2009 in Canberra.

Federal Court of Australia (Full Court)

Friday, 20 November 2009

Smith v. Commonwealth of Australia [2009] FCA 684 (24 June 2009), VID516/2009, Full Court hearing. The case involves the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 (Cth) s30C - "double dipping" - entitlement to pension for war-caused injury - payment in settlement of common law action in negligence - whether both payments in respect of incapacity from the same injury is double dipping - whether s30C is applicable to the facts of the case.

Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal

The Tribunal next sits on 10 December 2009.

Veterans' Review Board


For a full list of this week's cases in Brisbane, Canberra, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney go here.

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