Federal Court: Appellant made invalid protection visa application containing only claim X and then made a valid protection visa application containing claims X and Y. The valid application was refused and the Appellant then applied to AAT for merits review. The AAT considered the fact that the invalid application did not contain claim Y as indicative that the Appellant's claims were fabricated and affirmed the delegate's decision. Subsection 47(3) of the Migration Act 1958 (Cth) provided (and still does) that "the Minister is not to consider an application that is not a valid application" and also applied to the AAT. Can it be said the the AAT's consideration of the claim contained in the valid application by reference to the material in the invalid application was prohibited by s 47(3)?
The Federal Court answered the above question as follows:
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