Case B35/2018

Spence v. State of Queensland

Case No.

B35/2018

Case Information

Catchwords

Constitutional law (Cth) – Implied freedom of political communication – Federal legislative power with respect to federal elections – Implied doctrine of intergovernmental immunities – State immunity from Commonwealth laws – Operation of s 109 of Constitution (Cth) – Where Local Government Electoral (Implementing Stage 1 of Belcarra) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2018 (Qld)purports to prohibit making of political donations by property developers – Whether s 275 of the Electoral Act 1992 (Qld) and s 113B of the Local Government Electoral Act 2011 (Qld) are invalid to the extent that they touch or concern federal elections – Whether inconsistent with s 302CA of the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) – Whether s 302CA is beyond the Commonwealth’s legislative power – Whether s 302CA infringes the implied intergovernmental immunity of States from Commonwealth laws – Whether s 302CA is invalid because it seeks to retrospectively override the operation of s 109 of the Constitution – Whether Subdiv 4 of Div 8 of Pt 11 of the Electoral Act 1992 (Qld) infringes the implied freedom of political communication.

Short particulars

Documents

06/07/2018 Writ of summons

18/07/2018 Notice of constitutional matter (Plaintiff)

20/11/2018 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney v/link Brisbane and Melbourne)

05/12/2018 Hearing (Single Justice, Canberra)

19/12/2018 Notice of constitutional matter (Defendant)

21/12/2018 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney v/link Brisbane)

15/01/2019 Notice of constitutional matter (Attorney-General of the Commonwealth Intervening)

29/01/2019 Written submissions (Plaintiff)

06/02/2019 Written Submissions (Attorney-General of the Commonwealth intervening)

20/02/2019 Written submissions (Defendant)

25/02/2019 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of New South Wales intervening)

25/02/2019 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the Australian Capital Territory intervening)

25/02/2019 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Victoria intervening)

25/02/2019 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Western Australia intervening)

25/02/2019 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of South Australia intervening)

25/02/2019 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Tasmania intervening)

01/03/2019 Reply submissions (Attorney-General of the Commonwealth intervening)

01/03/2019 Reply (Plaintiff)

06/03/2019 Reply (Defendant)

12/03/2019 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

12/03/2019 Outline of oral argument (Plaintiff)

13/03/2019 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

13/03/2019 Outline of oral argument (Attorney-General of the Commonwealth intervening)

14/03/2019 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)

14/03/2019 Outline of oral argument (Defendant)

14/03/2019 Outline of oral argument (Attorney-General for New South Wales intervening)

14/03/2019 Outline of oral argument (Attorney-General for the Australian Capital Territory intervening)

14/03/2019 Outline of oral argument (Attorney-General for Tasmania intervening)

14/03/2019 Outline of oral argument (Attorney-General for South Australia intervening)

14/03/2019 Outline of oral argument (Attorney-General for Victoria intervening)

15/03/2019 Outline of oral argument  (Attorney-General for Western Australia intervening)

15/03/2019 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra) (Audio-visual recording)