Conservative action group takes Australian government to Federal Court over travel ban

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A conservative action group’s legal case against the federal government’s outbound travel ban is set to be heard by a full Federal Court bench.

LibertyWorks – a group that professes to support free speech, natural rights and free markets – in December launched a legal challenge to Australia’s travel ban, arguing it was a “fundamental breach” of human rights.

LibertyWorks argued Health Minister Greg Hunt did not have the power under the Biosecurity Act to legally enforce a ban on outbound travel.

Outbound travel without a special exemption from the Department of Home Affairs – with the exception of New Zealand – has been banned for more than 12 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The non-profit group argued the outbound border could be open within weeks if it wins the case, set for a full Federal Court bench on Thursday.


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