Can child’s best interests be neutralised?

Federal Court. In considering s 501CA(4) and Direction No 79, AAT expressly accepted Applicant's minor siblings loved and missed him but impliedly found best interests of the children should have neutral weight, based on 4 factors: "the relationship between the applicant and the children was non-parental; there was no evidence he had given them any personal or financial support; for a significant period he had been in custody; and there was 'no evidence upon which the Tribunal can rely to suggest that the Applicant will play a positive or significant role in their future upbringing'". Were those 4 factors capable of entirely negating or neutralising the love children had for Applicant, with the result that they could "lead to a conclusion that the best interests of the children taken as a whole neither weigh for nor against revocation"?

The Federal Court (FCA) answered that question as follows:

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