Was a decision to refuse to issue summonses “appealable”?

Federal Court: Although this case concerned a non-migration matter, it might be relevant to migration matters. Applicant applied to AAT for review of original decision. Applicant applied to AAT's Registrar to issue summonses. Registrar refused to do so and referred matter to an AAT member, who issued "Directions on Preliminary Issues" refusing the request to issue summonses. Did that direction constitute a decision under s 44(1) of the AAT Act, which would therefore be "appealable" to the FCA?

The FCA answered that question as follows:

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