Campbell v Municipal Council of Sydney: PC 1925

The court looked at the council resolutions, which in turn referred to a minute of the Lord Mayor that indicated the general purpose of the council’s action.
Held: A court was able to look at surrounding papers to derive the reasons for the decision under challenge. The use of the word ‘proper’ may be understood to invoke the requirement that a power can only be used for the purpose or purposes for which it is conferred and not for some extraneous purpose.


Viscount Cave, Lord Blanesburgh, Duff J and Sir Adrian Knox


[1925] AC 338, [1924] All ER 930

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CitedSainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd, Regina (on The Application of) v Wolverhampton City Council and Another SC 12-May-2010
The appellant’s land was to be taken under compulsory purchase by the Council who wished to use it to assist Tesco in the construction of a new supermarket. Tesco promised to help fund restoration of a local listed building. Sainsbury objected an . .
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Updated: 02 May 2022; Ref: scu.414943