Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Federal Court Quick to Give Rally the Green Light; Opponents Stumble as Federal Court Rules Last Minute Bid to Stop Rally Is {Lsquo}without Merit' {Ndash} Story Page 2

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Federal Court Quick to Give Rally the Green Light; Opponents Stumble as Federal Court Rules Last Minute Bid to Stop Rally Is {Lsquo}without Merit' {Ndash} Story Page 2

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Byline: MEL MCMILLAN mel.mcmillan@northernstar.com.au

A LAST minute attempt by opponents to stop the Repco Rally failed late yesterday when the Federal Court dismissed the application for an injunction, ruling it was 'without merit'.

Tweed councillor Katie Milne, represented by Al Oshlack from the Indigenous Justice Advocacy Network, applied for an injunction from the court to prevent the rally on the grounds it would significantly harm a number of endangered species.

Speaking from Sydney yesterday, Mr Oshlack said Federal Court Justice Margaret Stone had said their evidence was inadmissible.

"We couldn't present our case without being able to present our evidence," Mr Oshlack said.

"We are disappointed, but it is not over yet."

Mr Oshlack said a separate matter relating to the rally would now be pursued through the Land and Environment Court.

While Mr Oshlack was in the Federal Court, senior custodian of the Githabul, Doug Williams, was in an emergency meeting in Sydney with the NSW Minister for Lands Tony Kelly and the NSW Motor Racing Authority. …

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