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Administrative Law: Context and Critique


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Constant changes in administrative law and shifting political winds reinforce the need for an up-to-date volume that critically examines the law in its contemporary, as well as historical, context.

This fourth edition assesses the amalgamation of the federal administrative tribunals, the abandonment of plans to abolish the Australian Information Commissioner, the revamping of the rules regarding federal delegated legislation and the controversies around the rules of standing to challenge government environmental decisions.

It also reviews a string of possibly far-reaching High Court rulings, such as Minister for Immigration and Citizenship v Li (unreasonableness revamped), Plaintiff M-64-2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (government “priorities” ruled relevant), Maritime Union of Australia v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (limits on the use of ministerial determinations), Wei v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection (jurisdictional error and the mandatory/directory distinction), Minister for Immigration and Border Protection v WZARH (procedural fairness and “legitimate expectations”) and Isbester v Knox City Council (bias and the Stollery principle).

These developments highlight the ever-evolving shape of administrative law. They underscore a central argument of this book – the necessity to examine the content and trajectory of administrative law in its political, administrative and socio-economic settings.

This edition is further fashioned from the author’s experience of teaching administrative law since 1998.


List of Chapters 
Key Words and Phrases 
Table of Cases 
Table of Statutes

1.   What is Administrative Law? 
2.  How to Approach Administrative Law 
3.  The Constitutional and Legal Framework 
4.  Where to Begin? Non-Judicial Review of Administrative Action 
5.  Other Avenues of Review: The Ombudsman, Freedom of Information and the Right to Reasons 
6.  Delegated Legislation and Statutory Interpretation 
7.  Introduction to Judicial Review: Jurisdiction, Justiciability and Standing 
8.  “Simple” Ultra Vires: Decisions Made Beyond Power 
9.  “Extended” Ultra Vires: Abuse of Power 
10. “Extended” Ultra Vires: Refusal to Exercise a Discretion 
11.  Procedural Fairness (Natural Justice) 
12. The Content of the Hearing Rule 
13. The Bias Rule, Reasons and Probative Evidence 
14. Substantive Fairness? Estoppel: Undertakings Regarding the Future Exercise of Power
15. Jurisdictional Errors and Ouster Clauses
16. The Final Hurdle! Judicial Remedies and the ADJR Act 
17. A Brief Overview and Exam Advice

Case Study 1: A Simple Case of Review of Cancellation of Pensions? 
Case Study 2: The Removal of the Kosovar Refugees



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