New chapter in BAL19 saga

Federal Court. In BAL19, FCA decided that s 501 and PIC 4001 do not apply to protection visa applications. In BFW20, FCA held that BAL19 was not plainly wrong and that DHA could not delay making a decision on protection visa applications on the basis that it disagrees with BAL19 and is appealing that decision. Minister then appealed FCA's decision in BFW20 and applied for a stay of FCA's orders as part of that appeal. Minister argued that, unless a stay was given, he would have to grant a visa on the basis that s 501 did not apply and that, as visa grant is not something that can be undone, the subject matter of the stay application would be destroyed. Should FCA's orders be stayed?

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

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