Full Court Minute Books

Case S151/2021

Ruddick v. Commonwealth of Australia

Case No.


Case Information


Constitutional law – Implied freedom of political communication – Where ss 7 and 24 of Constitution contain words "directly chosen by the people" – Where plaintiff was registered member of registered political party – Where sections were inserted into or amended Part XI the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth) by ss 7, 9, 11 and 14 of Electoral Legislation Amendment (Party Registration Integrity) Act 2021 (Cth) ("provisions") – Where Part XI of Commonwealth Electoral Act provided for registration of political parties – Where provisions required new political party to accompany application for registration with written consent of first-registered political party where names or logos of new and first-registered parties had word in common – Where provisions enabled first-registered party to object to continued use by subsequent party of name or logo – Whether provisions are contrary to ss 7 and 24 of Constitution – Whether provisions are contrary to implied freedom of political communication.


24/09/2021 Writ of summons

27/10/2021 Hearing (Single Justice, Canberra by video-connection)

27/10/2021 Amended writ of summons

29/11/2021 Hearing (Single Justice, Canberra by video-connection)

01/12/2021 Consent referring special case to Full Court

03/12/2021 Special case

04/01/2022 Written submissions (Plaintiff)

04/01/2022 Chronology (Plaintiff)

24/01/2022 Written submissions (Defendant)

04/02/2022 Reply

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