The Federal Court of Australia has delivered a decision which provides an example of situations in which it would be prepared to use its discretion to adjourn proceedings. In Deputy Commissioner of Taxation v Bayconnection Property Developments Pty Limited  FCA 363, Robertson J considered whether the Court would exercise its discretion under s459A of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth) to adjourn proceedings in relation to an application to wind up a company on the ground of insolvency, where the company in question had pending proceedings under Part IVC proceedings under the Taxation Administration Act 1953 (Cth) (the Administration Act) in the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.
His Honour held that the application to wind up in insolvency be adjourned pending the outcome of the Part IVC proceedings under the Administration Act and extended the period to which the application for winding up is to be determined.
This case is important as it demonstrates special circumstances where the court will exercise its discretion to adjourn proceedings relating to winding up on the ground of insolvency.
For more detailed information, see our Focus article on this case prepared by Partner Michael Quinlan and Law Graduate Arlou Arteta.