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Time is right for fresh challenge on state borders

Dispute Resolution & Litigation
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In an opinion article published in today’s Australian newspaper, partner Leon Zwier explains why the legal prospects of a successful challenge to the Queensland and West Australian border closures may just be looking up.

“National cabinet agreed in August on a national plan to transition Australia’s Covid-19 response to post-vaccination settings, starting when national vaccinations reached 70 per cent, with that target expected to be reached by Oct­ober 22,” Leon writes. “But Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk and West Australian Premier Mark McGowan have a very different plan for their states – to stay closed.

“Although previous legal challenges to state border closures such as these have failed, including Clive Palmer’s constitutional challenge to the WA border restrictions, unanimously dismissed by the High Court last year, the legal prospects, just like the pandemic, are changing.

“Whatever the outcome of any challenge, it will be a step further down the path out of Covid-19 and back to normal life, something likely welcomed by all of us.”

To read the article, click here.

The article was written with assistance from partner Susanna Ford and lawyer Leo Bailey.

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