High Court rules: Bonus goes ahead

By The New Lawyer|04 March 2013

Cash bonuses of up to $900 can now flow into 8.7 million taxpayers' bank accounts today thanks to the High Court's dismissal of a law lecturer's challenge to their legality.

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bonuses of up to $900 can now flow into 8.7 million taxpayers' bank accounts today thanks to the High Court's dismissal of a law lecturer's challenge to their legality. 

Barrister and states-rights champion Bryan Pape took on the Commonwealth and represented himself in the High Court, arguing that the bonus was not a valid use of taxpayers' money because it was a gift, not a tax measure. 

But Australia's highest court ruled the Tax Bonus for Working Australians Act, passed by federal parliament in February, is valid under the constitution. The High Court decision will see $7.7 billion transferred in an attempt to "immediately support jobs and strengthen the Australian economy during a severe global recession", as treasurer Wayne Swan put it. 

Read more in The Australian newspaper: 'Cheques in the mail after High Court ruling' 
High Court rules: Bonus goes ahead
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