Mahoneys acts on High Court challenge to Queensland border closure

27 May 2020

Mahoneys Commercial Litigation Partner Mitchell Downes is part of a legal team which is mounting a High Court challenge to the Queensland Government’s border closure.

Representing a South East Queensland tourism business, which has been materially affected by the COVID-19 restrictions, we are arguing that the Queensland Government did not have the constitutional right to shut the border.

The move is part of a wider effort to help Queensland’s tourism industry – which employs approximately 217,000 and contributes $12.8 billion directly to the Queensland economy – recover from the effects that COVID-19 has had on the industry and businesses and people that rely on it.

A gofundme page has been established to help cover the cost of the high court challenge. The money raised will go directly to the plaintiffs to allow them to commence the case in the High Court of Australia as soon as possible. Details can be found here . 

Established almost 20 years ago, Mahoneys is an independent law firm offering a wide range of property, commercial, litigation and dispute resolution services. The envisaged High Court action will be the third time Mahoneys have represented clients in the High Court in recent years.