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In a number of recent decisions courts have made adverse comments about the behaviour of government litigants. Parliament is also considering legislation designed to make the model litigant rules legally enforceable.
In this seminar the speakers review the model litigant guidelines and the recent decisions in FCT v Donoghue  FCAFC 183; (2015) 237 FCR 316; Gould v DCT  FCAFC 1, North West Melbourne Recycling Pty Ltd v Commr of SR (Vic) (No 2)  VSC 726, Shord v FCT  FCAFC 167, and Shord v FCT (No 2)  FCAFC 27.
This is a debate between barristers Damien McAloon and Katherine Brazenor on the issue of whether the peak indebtedness rule remains an essential part of Australian Law. The Moderator is retired Federal Court Judge, the Honourable Ray Finkelstein AO, QC. The debate is sparked by the New Zealand Court of Appeal rejection of the peak indebtedness rule in Timberworld Ltd v Levin .