Pye v. Renshaw, is a High Court of Australia case that deals with the interaction between section 51(xxxi) of the Constitution, (the Commonwealth's power to acquire property on just terms) and section 96 of the Constitution (the grants power).
|Pye v. Renshaw|
|Court||High Court of Australia|
|Decided||8 October 1951|
|Citation(s)|| HCA 8, (1951) 84 CLR 58|
|(5:0) The grant to the state was held to be within power|
|Judge(s) sitting||Dixon CJ, Williams, Webb, Fullagar, and Kitto JJ|
This case followed from P. J. Magennis Pty. Ltd. v. Commonwealth, which held that a Commonwealth law to purchase land via the New South Wales government was invalid. The Commonwealth amended the law, such that the reference to acquisition of land was removed.
The Court held that the law was valid; thus, the Commonwealth was able to get around the restrictions in section 51(xxxi) by ensuring that the law could not be characterised as land acquisition. Hence, section 51(xxxi) does not restrict the section 96 grants power.
- Winterton, G. et al. Australian federal constitutional law: commentary and materials, 1999. LBC Information Services, Sydney.