Clunies-Ross v Commonwealth: 25 Oct 1984

Austlii (High Court of Australia) Compulsory Acquisition – Land – Acquisition by Commonwealth – Power to acquire land for public purposes – Whether limited to acquisition of land needed or proposed to be used for public purposes – Earlier sale of other land to Commonwealth – Whether implied term of contract of sale that Commonwealth would not compulsorily acquire balance – The Constitution (63 and 64 Vict. c. 12), s. 51 (xxxi) – Lands Acquisition Act 1955 (Cth), ss. 5, 6, 16(1).
The statutory power to acquire land for a public purpose could not be used to ‘advance or achieve some more remote public purpose, however laudable.’


Gibbs CJ, Mason, Murphy, Wilson(1), Brennan, Deane and Dawson JJ


[1984] HCA 65, (1984) 155 CLR 193



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Updated: 02 May 2022; Ref: scu.414942