Attorney General for New South Wales v Melco Resorts and Entertainment Limited [2020] NSWCA 40 (12 March 2020) (Bathurst CJ, Bell P, Gleeson JA)


Catchwords:


COMMISSIONS OF INQUIRY – inquiry established under Casino Control Act 1992 (NSW) – whether conferral of powers and authorities of a commissioner under the Royal Commissions Act 1923 (NSW) included power to compel testimony or production of documents irrespective of claim of legal professional privilege – meaning of s 143A of Casino Control Act – whether a witness summoned by or appearing before the person presiding at an inquiry entitled to claim legal professional privilege.

PRIVILEGE – legal professional privilege – whether s 143A of Casino Control Act operated to abrogate legal professional privilege – whether s 143A of Casino Control Act conferred power to compel production of documents irrespective of legal professional privilege.

STATUTORY INTERPRETATION – whether s 17(1) of the Royal Commissions Act conferred a power or authority on a commissioner – whether s 143A of the Casino Control Act picked up s 17(1) of the Royal Commissions Act and abrogated legal professional privilege – principle of legality – legislation to be construed in context of case law existing at time of enactment – meaning of “protection” afforded to a witness in s 11(3) of Royal Commissions Act – permissible use of extrinsic materials.