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Leading Cases in Australian Law

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ISBN 9781760020606 New Release June 2016

Leading Cases in Australian Law provides, in essence, a summary of the 200 most cited cases in Australian law. Each case note contains an outline of the facts, issues and decision, an extract of the most frequently cited portions of the judgment, commentary incorporating later decisions on the topic, and cross-references to the leading texts on the legal area of the case. Finally, under each case heading there is a single-sentence proposition for which the case stands as authority, and these are later collated in a table for easy reference. This is the first book of its kind published in Australia, and it is intended to serve as a portrait of Australian law as currently practised. Appendices are included to complete this picture, providing further information such as lists of top cases by subject area, and a ranking of the most cited judges. This book will be useful to law students, who will likely encounter most of these cases during the course of their degree, as well as to legal practitioners, who will find it a useful reference for the cases that have faded from memory since law school as well as the cases cited in daily practice.


Foreword by Chief Justice Robert French AC

The 200 Most Frequently Cited Cases

About the Authors



Table of Cases

Table of Statutes

200 Leading Cases in Australian Law

Selection from the ranked list of Leading Cases: 

 25. Markarian v The Queen (2005) 228 CLR 357 

 26. March v Stramare (E & MH) Pty Ltd (1991) 171 CLR 506 

 27. Waltons Stores (Interstate) Ltd v Maher (1988) 164 CLR 387 

 28. Postiglione v The Queen (1997) 189 CLR 295 

 29. Wyong Shire Council v Shirt (1980) 146 CLR 40 

 30. Port of Melbourne Authority v Anshun Pty Ltd (1981) 147 CLR 589 

 31. BP Refinery (Westernport) Pty Ltd v Hastings Shire Council (1977) 180 CLR 266 

 32. Commercial Bank of Australia v Amadio (1983) 151 CLR 447 

 33. Hospital Products Ltd v United States Surgical Corporation (1984) 156 CLR 41 

 34. Brisbane South Regional Health Authority v Taylor (1996) 186 CLR 541 

 35. Wardley Australia Ltd v Western Australia (1992) 175 CLR 514 

 36. Lowe v The Queen (1984) 154 CLR 606 

 37. Toll (FGCT) Pty Ltd v Alphapharm Pty Ltd (2004) 219 CLR 165 

 38. Colgate-Palmolive Co v Cussons Pty Ltd (1993) 46 FCR 225

 39. Mabo v Queensland (No 2) (1992) 175 CLR 1 

 40. Devries v Australian National Railways Commission (1993) 177 CLR 472 

 41. Dey v Victorian Railways Commissioners (1949) 78 CLR 62 

 42. Cooper Brookes (Wollongong) Pty Ltd v Federal Commissioner of Taxation (1981) 147 CLR 297 

 43. Decor Corporation Pty Ltd v Dart Industries Inc (1991) 33 FCR 397 

 44. Warren v Coombes (1979) 142 CLR 531 

 45. Ainsworth v Criminal Justice Commission (1992) 175 CLR 564 

 46. Walton v Gardiner (1993) 177 CLR 378 

 47. Mill v The Queen (1988) 166 CLR 59 

 48. Chan v Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs (1989) 169 CLR 379 

 49. Minister for Immigration and Multicultural Affairs v Eshetu (1999) 197 CLR 611 

 50. Abebe v Commonwealth (1999) 197 CLR 510 

 Appendix 1: Alphabetical List of Cases and Propositions 

 Appendix 2: List of Cases by Subject Area 

 Appendix 3: List of Most Cited English Cases 

 Appendix 4: List of Most Cited Judges 

 Appendix 5: List of ‘Fast Riser’ Cases


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