Helljay Investments Pty Ltd v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [1999] HCA 56

In Helljay Investments Pty Ltd v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation [1999] HCA 56 the director of a company resisted a bankruptcy proceeding, alleging a break in the sovereignty of Australia at the Treaty of Versailles meant that current law and courts were inoperative.  It was further contended that and the judges who had heard the earlier case should be disqualified for judicial bias as they had already rejected those concepts. The court upheld the previous judgment and ruled that following precedent does not constitute bias. The court noted that the legal issues were very similar to those that were discussed in Joosse v Australian Securities and Investment Commission [1998] HCA 77, which are likewise resolved by covering clause 5 of the Constitution.

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