International Air Transport Association v Ansett Australia Holdings Ltd: 6 Feb 2008

(High Court of Australia) The rules of the clearing house scheme had been modified following the British Eagle decision so as to exclude any liability or right of action for payment between member airlines.
Held: (by a majority, Kirby J dissenting) The rule changes were effective to make the IATA the sole creditor of Ansett, and that the revised system did not have the effect of administering debts due to an insolvent company otherwise than in accordance with the mandatory pari passu rule. The court referred to Ex p Mackay and suggested that Lord Cross’ speech in British Eagle was based in part on the anti-deprivation principle; and that there was no need for recourse to the rule that a contract which is contrary to public policy is void, because the statute was an overriding one which applied according to its terms.


Gleeson CJ


[2008] HCA 3, (2008) 234 CLR 151, (2008) 242 ALR 47, (2008) 82 ALJR 419, (2008) 65 ACSR 1, (2008) 26 ACLC 38




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Updated: 18 May 2022; Ref: scu.442611