14 February 2010

This week in Parliament, Courts and Tribunals (15 Feb 2010)

The following legislative activities, which affect Australian servicemembers, veterans or concern military justice issues, relate to freedom of information or national security, are occurring this week in the Parliament of Australia:

Monday, 15 February 2010

Senate Finance and Public Administration Committee, hearing on Freedom of Information (Reform) Bill 2009 and Information Commissioner Bill 2009, 1000 hours - 1500 hours, Venue Victorian Parliamentary Committee Rooms G7 and G8, 55 St Andrews Place, Melbourne, Victoria. To view the submissions go here.

Thursday, 18 February 2010

Joint Committee on the Australian Crime Commission, Inquiry into the adequacy of aviation and maritime security, 0915 hours - 1645 hours, Venue Clifton Suites, Level 6, 190 George Street, Sydney, New South Wales. To view the submission received go here.

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

High Court of Australia

The High Court is not holding any hearings until 2 March 2010.

Federal Court of Australia (Full Court)

Tuesday, 16 February 2010

Kowalski v. Repatriation Commission [2009] FCA 794, SAD 112/2009, Full Court Hearing, Issue: refusal to grant disability pension under the Veterans' Entitlement Act 1986 (Cth) in relation to depressive disorder, anxiety disorder, hypertension and ischamic heart disease - whether grounds of appeal relate to questions of law or questions of fact - whether grounds of appeal relating to questions of law amount to errors of law.

Wednesday, 17 February 2010


Bienstein v. Attorney General, [2009] FCA 1501, VID12/2010, Freedom of Information Act case. Failure to make decision in 30 days - deemed refusal to grant access - whether Administrative Appeals Tribunal had power to order that a decision be made. [Settlement of Index.]

Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal

The Tribunal currently has no scheduled sittings.

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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