16 October 2010

This week in Parliament, Courts and Tribunals (18 Oct 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:

**The House of Representatives to begin debate on the nine year war in Afghanistan this week. Debate is expected to begin on Tuesday, 19 October 2010 at 1530 hours AEDT and go through the week. On Tuesday the Prime Minister and the Opposition Leader are expected to debate followed by other Members of Parliament during the week.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Senate Standing Legislation Committee: Foreign Affairs, Defence & Trade, Defence Estimates, 0900 - 2300 hours, HMS 10, to view the live webcast go here.

High Court of Australia

High Court sits in Perth on 18 October 2010, and then in Canberra on 2 November 2010. None of the cases involve issues relevant to this blog. To view the listings of Perth hearings go here and Canberra hearings go here.

Federal Court of Australia (Full Court)

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Repatriation Commission v. Malady [2010] FCA 798 (30 July 2010). Commission appeals a lower tribunal decision. The issue is whether a reasonable hypothesis connecting disability with eligible war service entitles veteran to a disability pension under Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010


Rana v Repatriation Commission [2010] FCA 280 (26 March 2010). Case involves the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986 and whether the veteran is entitled to a pension under IV of the Act.

Defence Force Discipline Appeal Tribunal

The Tribunal currently is currently in recess and next sits on 28 and 29 October 2010.


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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