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06 Apr 09 High Court holds Tax Bonus Act valid

On 3 April 2009, the High Court announced that a majority of the Justices would hold that the Tax Bonus for Working Australians Act (No 2) 2009 (Cth) is a valid law because it is supported by one or more expressed or implied heads of legislative power under the Commonwealth Constitution. The Court will give its reasons at a later date.

The Special Case, Pape v FCT, was referred to the Full Court by a Justice of the High Court on 13 March 2009. It was heard in Canberra on 30 and 31 March and 1 April 2009 before all 7 Justices of the Court.

For a copy of the Court's media release, 3 April 2009, go here.

For a copy of the transcripts of hearing, go here (30 March 2009) and here (31 March 2009) and here (1 April 2009).

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