Could Minister be cross-examined?

Federal Court. On 24 June 2020, FCA ordered Home Affairs Minister to decide a protection visa application by 3 July 2020 at noon. On 1 July 2020, Minister's lawyers sent an email saying that Minister was not available to personally make the decision within the timeframe and asking for variation of the order so that any other portfolio Minister could make the decision. On 2 July 2020, FCA accepted that request and ordered Home Affairs Minister to either personally make the decision or ensure it will be made by another portfolio Minister or a delegate by 3 July 2020 at noon. Applicant sought orders directing the institution of contempt proceedings in the event of non-compliance with the latest orders. If those orders are not complied with, could any explanation for non-compliance require an affidavit by the Minister personally and for the Minister to make himself available for cross-examination in contempt proceedings?

The Federal Court answered those questions as follows:

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