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REX V SCOTT: NATIONAL CABINET SECRECY BATTLE

18 May 2021

What: Senator Rex Patrick v Prime Minister Scott Morrison on whether National Cabinet is really a Cabinet

When: Wednesday 19 May 2021, 10.00 AM (AEST)

Where:

Adelaide AAT (Justice White)

Sydney AAT (Senator Patrick’s Team)

Canberra AAT (Prime Minister’s Team)

Phone conference

Who:

Presiding Officer: Federal Court Justice White

Senator Patrick: Geoffrey Watson SC and Diana Tang from New Chambers (pro bono)

Prime Minister: Andrew Berger QC and Justin Hyland from the Australian Government Solicitor (taxpayer funded)

Issues:

1. Is National Cabinet really a Cabinet. Senator Patrick argues “no”.

2. Is the Prime Minister totally arrogant for unilaterally and unlawfully wrapping a secrecy blanket around the National ‘Cabinet’, the AHPCC and the NCCC. This will be inferred as ‘yes’ if Senator Patrick is successful on point 1.

Contact AAT: Media wishing to listen to the proceedings can contact [email protected] and reference Patrick and Secretary for PM&C or Case Number 2020/5875 and 2020/5876. Phone conference details will be provided by the AAT. Queries for the AAT can also be directed to 08 8128 8000

Senator Patrick will be available for media at the conclusion of the hearing at 83 Clarence Street, Sydney, NSW.