Western Australia’s border closure has been upheld by the High Court, striking down billionaire Clive Palmer’s argument the pandemic measure was unconstitutional.

Mr Palmer will have to pay legal costs.

The full bench announced its decision on Friday morning after two full days of hearings earlier this week.

The court will provide reasonings for its decision at a later date.

States and territories have used border closures as part of their coronavirus response this year, and a decision in favour of Mr Palmer could have had broad consequences in the midst of the pandemic.

Mr Palmer launched his legal bid after being refused entry to WA in May.

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His legal team argued the border closure, which is due to come down on November 14, was an overreach.

They argued while the border closure was okay to begin with, issues arose when it was not revoked once circumstances improved.

The case went to whether the hard border breaches freedom of interstate movement enshrined in the constitution.

WA argued the border closure was reasonably necessary to reduce the risk of coronavirus entering and spreading through the state, saying there was no more serious reason than the coronavirus pandemic.

Other states and territories backed WA, arguing the border closure did not breach the constitution.

AAP

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