20 Aug 2020

Covid-19:First days of lockdown unlawful - Court

From Morning Report, 7:50 am on 20 August 2020

Attorney General David Parker says a High Court ruling that the country's Alert Level 4 lockdown was unlawful for nine days validates some actions taken by the Government.

Lawyer Andrew Borrowdale had argued the Government went beyond its powers by enforcing the lockdown in March.

The High Court has ruled from 26 March to 3 April the requirement for people to stay in their bubbles was justified, but unlawful.

However, a new order later corrected that. Parker says the ruling has no practical consequences for the Government.

Victoria University law professor Geoff McLay says the Government was trying not to be draconian, and was taking a public health focus.

He speaks to Susie Ferguson.