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Live Export Ban Finding Could be Appealed by Commonwealth

Law Professor Jason Varuhas says the Federal Court’s ruling could be appealed. Image Credit: University of Melbourne Law School.

A legal expert expects that the Federal Court ruling on the 2011 live export ban will be appealed by the Commonwealth.

University of Melbourne law professor Jason Varuhas has said that the Commonwealth could appeal the finding that former Agriculture minister Joe Ludwig overstepped his authority in ordering the ban.

Professor Varuhas has suggested that Justice Stephen Rares’ decision that the ban went further than it should may overstep the bounds of the court, saying that the readiness with which Justice Rares reached a conclusion on Mr Ludwig’s behaviour was “striking”.

Current Agriculture minister David Littleproud has refused to discuss the likelihood of the Commonwealth lodging an appeal.