From ABC, November 7, 2006
Lawyers dismiss distinctive community argument by Norfolk Islanders
Lawyers for the Commonwealth have dismissed claims by a group of Norfolk Islanders that they have a distinctive community and should be considered separate from Australia.
The group from Norfolk Island has lodged a High Court challenge to new laws which require voters to be Australian citizens.
The islanders say the special nature of their community means they are not part of Australia and the new rule does not take account of the fact that a proportion of the island's adult population does not have Australian citizenship.
But counsel for the Commonwealth, David Bennett, told the High Court the arguments put forward by the islanders have come from nowhere.
He says there is no proper basis to support claims of a distinctive and separate settlement from Australia.