The Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) sought an urgent injunction the night before the federal election. It sought to restrain the display of campaign signs which the AEC contended contravened the Commonwealth Electoral Act 1918 (Cth). Jagot J refused the application. Her Honour found that although there was a prima facie case that the signs did not comply with the statutory requirements, the balance of convenience weighed against granting an injunction the night before the election.
Sarah Spottiswood (with C Tran) appeared for the Applicant, instructed by the Australian Government Solicitor.
The judgment is published here.