AACL Event - Secret Hearings and the Constitution: SDCV v D-G of Security [2021] FCAFC 51 and the Collaery Case


The NSW Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is delighted to welcome Mr David Hume and Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh to present on two recent cases that raise important questions concerning the interface between the Constitution and national security imperatives. In SDCV v Director-General of Security [2021] FCAFC 51, a Full Court of the Federal Court considered a constitutional challenge to a provision of the Administrative Appeals Tribunal Act 1975 (Cth) that prevented the Court, relevantly in an appeal from an AAT review of an adverse security assessment issued by ASIO, from disclosing evidence to the appellant.

In proceedings recently heard in the ACT Court of Appeal, Bernard Collaery challenged orders made in his criminal trial under the National Security Information (Criminal and Civil Proceedings) Act 2004 (Cth).

Chair: The Hon Alan Robertson SC, former Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, President of the Australian Academy of Law


David Hume, NSW Bar

Dr Rebecca Ananian-Welsh, TC Beirne School of Law, University of Queensland

We are also honoured that the Hon Alan Robertson SC, formerly of the Federal Court of Australia, will chair the event.

Date: Tuesday 3 August, 2021

Time: 5.30–6.30pm

Venue: Online seminar, to proceed via Zoom

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