As of 26 June 2014 I am yet to receive any proportion of costs awarded within the the High Court's decision in Williams I on 20 June 2012. The extremely comprehensive, scaled process is such, that I am unaware of what amount will eventually be reimbursed - knowing only that it will not represent my total legal costs. Within the Court's judgement in Williams II on 19 June 2014, it was ordered that the defendants should pay my costs of the special case. The costs of the proceeding are otherwise in the discretion of the single Justice who makes final orders disposing of the proceeding. The process of seeking the reimbursement of these costs is yet to commence, will be lengthy, and again, will not represent the full amount expended upon Williams II.

In consideration of the above, I will gratefully accept any financial assistance which can be provided.

To all of the generous folk in Australia and beyond who have supported and encouraged me throughout two successful High Court challenges - please accept my deepest appreciation.

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The Drum ABC TV 19 June 2014


2013 - 2014

http://www.hcourt.gov.au/cases/case_s154-2013

Thursday 19 June 2014:

In a majority decision, the Court held that, in their operation with respect to the challenged funding agreement and the challenged payments made under that agreement, none of the challenged provisions is a valid law of the Commonwealth. The provisions are not, in their relevant operation, supported by a head of legislative power under the Constitution. Providing at a school the services of a chaplain or welfare worker for the objective described in the FMA Regulations is not a provision of "benefits to students" within the meaning of s 51(xxiiiA) of the Constitution. The Court further held that the Commonwealth's entry into, and expenditure of money under, the funding agreement was not supported by the executive power of the Commonwealth. The making of the payments was therefore held to be unlawful.

On Thursday 19 June 2014, a statement was posted at the federal education department website:

On 19 June 2014, the High Court found the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program to be invalid.  Following the High Court’s decision, the Commonwealth no longer has capacity to administer or control the National School Chaplaincy and Student Welfare Program.

Judgement: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/cases/case_s154-2013

Thursday 12 June 2014:

The High Court has advised that judgment in the matter of Ronald Williams v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors Proceeding No. S154 of 2013 will be handed down at 10:00am on 19 June 2014.

Friday 9 May 2014:

Court transcript: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/HCATrans/2014/95.html

Court A/V: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/cases/av-2014-05-09

Thursday 8 May 2014:

Court transcript: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/HCATrans/2014/94.html

Court A/V: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/cases/av-2014-05-08

Wednesday 7 May 2014:

Court transcript: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/HCATrans/2014/93.html

Court A/V: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/cases/av-2014-05-07

Tuesday 6 May 2014:

Court transcript: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/HCATrans/2014/92.html

Court A/V: http://www.hcourt.gov.au/cases/av-2014-05-06

Monday 19 March 2014:

A submission has been received (LINK) on behalf of the Attorney General for the state of Queensland (intervening) which concurs with the Williams argument. It is agreed that Commonwealth funding of the NSCSWP cannot be supported via s 32B of the Financial Management and Accountability Act; the program not falling within the corporations power s 51 (xx) or benefits to students s 51 (xxiiiA) as well as s 61 and s51 (xxxix) of the Australian Constitution.

Friday 14 March 2014:

Submissions have been received from the Attorneys General of intervening states: NSW, VIC, SA & TAS. All support the Williams No.1 decision (June 2012), disagree with the Commonwealth that the Appropriation Acts have the power, agree that s 32B of the Financial Management and Accountability Act is invalid and do not believe the Chaplaincy program falls within the corporations power s 51(xx) or benefits to students s 51 (xxiiiA).

Friday 31 January 2014:

Special Case pursuant to rule 27.08 in the matter of Ronald Williams v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors Proceeding No. S154 of 2013 filed at the High Court of Australia Sydney Registry.

Friday 13 December 2013:

High Court of Australia Directions Hearing before His Honour Chief Justice French. Special Case agreed. Canberra Full Bench hearing set down for three days (TBA) within the week commencing 5 May 2014.
Transcript: http://www.austlii.edu.au/au/other/HCATrans/2013/311.html

Thursday 21 November 2013:

The New South Wales Government Crown Solicitor’s Office has advised that the Attorney-General for the State of NSW will be intervening in the matter of Ronald Williams v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors – High Court of Australia Proceeding No. S154 of 2013.

Tuesday 19 November 2013:

The Victorian Government Solicitor’s Office has advised that the Attorney-General for the State of Victoria will be intervening in the matter of Ronald Williams v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors High Court of Australia – Proceeding No. S154 of 2013.

Wednesday 25 September 2013:

The Attorney-General for the State of South Australia intends to intervene in the matter of Williams v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors High Court Proceedings s154 of 2013.

Monday 23 September 2013:

A directions hearing in the matter of Williams v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors High Court Proceedings s154 of 2013 set down for 9:00 am Friday 13 December 2013 at High Court of Australia, Level 23, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney. Tentative setting down of full bench hearing for March-April 2014. Transcript of Proceedings

Monday 9 September 2013:

A directions hearing in the matter of Williams v Commonwealth of Australia & Ors High Court Proceedings s154 of 2013 will be held at noon on Friday 20 September 2013. The location will be: High Court of Australia, Level 23, Law Courts Building, Queens Square, Sydney.

Wednesday 28 August 2013:

Williams v Commonwealth — High Court Proceedings s154 of 2013. The Commonwealth has agreed that, subject to the views of the Court, this matter can proceed by way of Special Case. A timetable has been proposed.

Thursday 8 August 2013:

A Writ of Summons and Statement of Claim was issued out of the High Court of Australia between:

Ronald Williams
- Plaintiff

and

Commonwealth of Australia - First Defendant

Minister for Education - Second Defendant

Scripture Union Queensland - Third Defendant



2010 - 2012

Williams v. Commonwealth of Australia and Ors

Judgement 20 June 2012 6-1 decision in favour of plaintiff

Case No: S307/2010

Case Information

Catchwords

Plaintiff contends that the payment or disbursement by the Commonwealth of monies from the Consolidated Revenue Fund for the purposes of the National School Chaplaincy Program, and therefore the Darling Heights Funding Agreement, was not supported by an appropriation made by law, as required by s.83 of the Constitution

Documents

21/12/2010 Writ of summons

21/12/2010 Notice of constitutional matter

27/01/2011 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney)

25/03/2011 Hearing (Single Justice, Sydney)

06/05/2011 Draft case stated

09/05/2011 Hearing (Single Justice, Canberra by video link to Sydney & Melbourne)

18/05/2011 Special case

28/06/2011 Written submissions (Plaintiff)

28/06/2011 Chronology

01/07/2011 Written submissions (Attorney-General for Western Australia intervening)

11/07/2011 Written submissions (First to Third Defendants)

12/07/2011 Written submissions (Fourth Defendant)

19/07/2011 Reply

19/07/2011 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of New South Wales intervening)

20/07/2011 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Victoria intervening)

20/07/2011 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Queensland intervening)

20/07/2011 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of South Australia intervening)

25/07/2011 Written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Tasmania intervening)

26/07/2011 Hearing (Single Justice, Canberra by video-link to Adelaide and Perth)

26/07/2011 Amended written submissions (Fourth Defendant)

27/07/2011 First to Third Defendants' reply to interveners

29/07/2011 Further amended written submissions (Plaintiff)

29/07/2011 Amended written submissions (First to Third Defendants)

29/07/2011 Amended written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of New South Wales intervening)

29/07/2011 Plaintiff's reply to interveners

29/07/2011 Amended written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Western Australia intervening)

29/07/2011 Written submissions (Churches Commission on Education - seeking leave to intervene)

09/08/2011 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

10/08/2011 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

11/08/2011 Hearing (Full Court, Canberra)

19/08/2011 Further written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of Tasmania intervening)

19/08/2011 Further written submissions (Attorney-General for the State of South Australia intervening)

01/09/2011 Response to intervener's submissions (First to Third Defendants)

12/09/2011 Supplementary written submissions (Plaintiff)

20/06/2012 Judgment