Full Court Minute Books

Case S138/2012

Plaintiff S138/2012 v. Director General of Security and Ors

Case No.


Case Information


Citizenship and migration – Migration – Refugees – Protection visas – Plaintiff found to be a refugee but refused protection visa due to adverse security assessment by Australian Security Intelligence Organisation – Department relied on public interest criterion 4002 which requires that applicant not be assessed by ASIO to be a risk to security – In Plaintiff M47 v Director-General of Security public interest criterion 4002 found to be beyond power conferred by s 31(3) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) – Whether the Secretary made an error of law by relying on public interest criterion 4002

Citizenship and migration – Mandatory detention – Plaintiff held in detention as unlawful non-citizen – No third country currently available to receive plaintiff – Whether ss 189 and 196 of Act authorise plaintiff's detention

Administrative law – Procedural fairness – Adverse security assessment – ASIO interviewed plaintiff – Plaintiff did not meet requirements for protection visa – Plaintiff never informed of the reasons why or nature of apparent risk he poses to security – Whether Director-General failed to accord plaintiff procedural fairness

Constitutional law – Whether ss 189, 196 and 198 of Act are beyond the legislative power of the Commonwealth


28/05/2012 Application for an order to show cause

30/05/2012 Hearing (Single Justice, Canberra)

19/11/2012 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney)

19/02/2013 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney)

26/02/2013 Notice of constitutional matter (Plaintiff)

20/05/2013 Written submissons (Plaintiff)

30/05/2013 Written submissions (Refugee and Immigration Legal Centre, seeking leave to appear as amicus curiae)

04/06/2013 Written submissions (Defendants)

11/06/2013 Reply

13/06/2013 Hearing (Single Justice, Perth v/link Sydney)

18/06/2013 Hearing - Vacated (Full Court, Canberra)