Fortescue Metals Group Limited and Ors v. The Commonwealth of Australia
Constitutional law (Cth) – Powers of the Commonwealth Parliament – Constitution, s 51(ii) – Taxation – Commonwealth Parliament passed several Acts establishing a 'minerals resource rent tax' – Whether any or all of Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition-Customs) Act 2012 (Cth) s 3, Minerals Resources Rent Tax (Imposition-Excise) Act 2012 (Cth) s 3, Minerals Resource Rent Tax (Imposition-General) Act 2012 (Cth) s 3 (collectively 'the Acts') are invalid to the extent that they discriminate between the States contrary to s 51(ii) of the Constitution.
Constitutional law (Cth) – Constitution, s 99 – Prohibition on Commonwealth preference in trade, commerce or revenue – Whether any or all of the Acts give preference to one State over another.
Constitutional law (Cth) – Melbourne Corporation doctrine – Whether any or all of the Acts discriminate against or place a particular burden upon the operations or activities of the States, as to be beyond the legislative power of the Commonwealth.
Constitutional law (Cth) – Constitution, s 91 – Section 91 provides, inter alia, that '[n]othing in this Constitution prohibits a State from granting any aid to or bounty on mining for gold, silver, or other metals' – Whether any or all of the Acts contravene s 91.
22/06/2012 Writ of summons
22/06/2012 Notice of constitutional matter (Plaintiffs)
02/08/2012 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney by v/link to Perth)
03/10/2012 Hearing (Single Justice, Canberra)
05/11/2012 Hearing (Single Justice, Canberra by v/link to Brisbane and Perth)
30/11/2012 Written submissions (Plaintiffs)
21/12/2012 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Western Australia intervening)
21/12/2012 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Queensland intervening)
25/01/2013 Written submissions (Defendant)
08/02/2013 Reply (Plaintiffs)
06/03/2013 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)
07/03/2013 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)
08/03/2013 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)