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  • Volume 43 Issue 3 - Constitutional incongruence: Explaining the failure of
           the council of the Australian federation
    • Abstract: Chordia, Shipra; Lynch, Andrew
      The establishment and rise of the Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is, on balance, a story of the successful development of an executive-based institution for co-operative governance in the Australian federal system. By contrast, the Council of the Australian Federation (CAF), created in 2006 as a forum for interstate co-operation and policy development, has been far less effective. This article explores the reasons behind CAF's difficulties after a very short-lived initial impact. Integral to this account is the significance of Canadian experience of horizontal intergovernmental relations, which directly inspired the Australian Premiers to found CAF. The numerous indications of political congruence - some temporary, others systemic - between the Canadian and Australian settings obscured a deeper constitutional incongruence between the two jurisdictions and this is fundamental to appreciating CAF's failure as a transplant. CAF's ability to operate effectively as a significant institution was inevitably constrained by the parameters of the Australian federal system that its establishment was, in many ways, seeking to transcend.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:50:14 GMT
  • Volume 43 Issue 3 - Public benevolent institutions for native title
           groups: An underappreciated model?
    • Abstract: Murray, Ian
      There has been limited research into the relevance of public benevolent institutions ('PBI's) to the management of native title benefits. Despite this omission, a new, tax-effective, structure was proposed in 2013, being the 'Indigenous Community Development Corporation' ('ICDC'). PBI characterisation is also becoming more relevant as native title determination numbers increase, such that there is a suitable and interested body, the prescribed body corporate ('PBC') that can pursue a variety of functions in fulfilling its statutory duties and in seeking to realise the economic, social and cultural objectives of Indigenous groups. This article asserts that a purpose of addressing Indigenous disadvantage is a PBI purpose and that it permits a broad range of activities in order to meet that end. Accordingly, PBI status should be available for many PBCs and other benefits management structure institutions. As a result, the proposed grounds for introducing the ICDC are significantly less compelling and it is argued that a more cautious approach is warranted, being one that better recognises ICDC limitations and that does not over-emphasise the potential benefits.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:50:14 GMT
  • Volume 43 Issue 3 - Regulating supply chains to protect road transport
           workers: An early assessment of the road safety remuneration tribunal
    • Abstract: Johnstone, Richard; Nossar, Igor; Rawling, Michael
      The 'Road Safety Remuneration Act 2012' (Cth) (the Act) explicitly enables the Road Safety Remuneration Tribunal to make orders that can impose binding requirements on all the participants in the road transport supply chain, including consignors and consignees at the apex of the chain, for the pay and safety of both employee and independent contractor drivers. The tribunal is also specifically empowered to make enforceable orders to reduce or remove remuneration related incentives and pressures that contribute to unsafe work practices in the road transport industry. Recently the tribunal handed down its first order. The article considers whether, and the degree to which, the tribunal has been willing to exercise its explicit power to impose enforceable obligations on consignors and consignees - such as large supermarket chains - at the apex of road transport supply chains. It examines the substance and extent of the obligations imposed by the tribunal, including whether the tribunal has exercised the full range of powers vested in it by the Act. We contend that the tribunal's first order primarily imposes obligations on direct work providers and drivers without making large, powerful consignors and consignees substantively responsible for driver pay and safety. We argue that the tribunal's first order could have more comprehensively fulfilled the objectives of the Act by more directly addressing the root causes of low pay and poor safety in the road transport industry.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:50:14 GMT
  • Volume 43 Issue 3 - Regulation governing the provision of credit
           assistance and financial advice in Australia: A consumer's perspective
    • Abstract: North, Gill
      Five years ago the global financial crisis threatened the world's financial system and its aftermath wreaked devastation across many parts of the globe. Mis-selling of home mortgages to consumers unable to repay their loans and global sales of financial products linked to residential lending were at the heart of the crisis. Financial reforms governing housing credit frameworks and the selling of complex financial products have ensued within domestic and international spheres. This article reviews the regulatory structures in Australia governing the provision of residential housing mortgages and credit assistance and the provision of financial advice. Its analysis focuses on customer suitability processes, client duties, and remuneration provisions because these legal features significantly influence, and can adversely impact, consumer outcomes. It suggests specific reforms to ensure adequate consumer protection and enhance the consistency and efficacy of the credit framework. It also calls for renewed debate on the remuneration structures of mortgage brokers.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:50:14 GMT
  • Volume 43 Issue 3 - Response to commentators
    • Abstract: Dixon, Rosalind
      Let me begin by offering my sincere thanks to Gabrielle Appleby, Brendan Lim and James Stellios for their extremely generous and insightful comments on 'The Functional Constitution', and to Anthony Connolly and the Federal Law Review for making this mini-symposium possible. One of the great delights of scholarship is the opportunity to exchange ideas with colleagues in this way. The process also invariably makes our ideas better: in this case, the three comments point to an important set of questions that clearly remain to be addressed if a functional approach to constitutional interpretation is ever to be fully implemented by the High Court.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:50:14 GMT
  • Volume 43 Issue 3 - Conceptions of judicial review: Commentary on Dixon
    • Abstract: Stellios, James
      It is an understandable reflex that, in the face of doctrinal uncertainty and instability, the High Court would retreat to the text of the Constitution. That has been the case in relation to two controversial doctrines recognised over the last 25 years. In Lange v Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a unanimous Court emphasised the need to ground the implied freedom of political communication in the text of the Constitution. This exceptional showing of unanimity followed a period of doctrinal instability and wide critique of the legitimacy of imposing this implied limitation on the political arms of government. Similarly, the Kable limitation largely began its life as an implication from the general scheme in Chapter III for the exercise of Commonwealth judicial power. Its revival as an effective and workable doctrine has coincided with a common reformulation that anchors it in the essential characteristics of State 'courts' which can be, and have been, vested with federal jurisdiction to exercise Commonwealth judicial power.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:50:14 GMT
  • Volume 43 Issue 3 - The convergence of form and function: Commentary on
    • Abstract: Lim, Brendan
      In the very first decision reported in the Commonwealth Law Reports, Griffith CJ, Barton and O'Connor JJ mooted whether an appeal lay to the Court from a judgment given after the coming into force of the Constitution but before the coming into force of the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth). The Constitution, from 1 January 1901, vested the judicial power of the Commonwealth in the High Court and made provision for the appellate and other jurisdiction of the Court. But only the Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth), from 25 August 1903, 'actually constituted' the apparatus and the machinery of the Court; the appellate jurisdiction 'could not, of course, be exercised' before then. The question presented, 'one of difficulty and importance', ultimately did not need to be resolved because leave to appeal would be refused on other grounds in any event.3 Nonetheless, the Court articulated the reasons that supported each of the competing views of the operation of ss 71 and 73 of the Constitution. There was said to be much force in the contention that the jurisdiction of [the lower courts] was, from the first, intended to be subject to the right of appeal to the High Court, and that that right, being a right conferred by the Constitution itself upon suitors, could not be lost or taken away by mere inaction of the Parliament.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:50:14 GMT
  • Volume 43 Issue 3 - Functionalism in constitutional interpretation:
           Factual and participatory challenges: Commentary on Dixon
    • Abstract: Appleby, Gabrielle
      In 'The Functional Constitution: Re-Reading the 2014 High Court Constitutional Term', Rosalind Dixon argues that a functional approach to constitutional interpretation offers the Australian High Court a 'promising middle path between the extremes of pure formalism and pragmatism'. A functional approach, she argues, would introduce greater transparency and predictability into the Court's constitutional jurisprudence.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:50:14 GMT
  • Volume 43 Issue 3 - The functional constitution: re-reading the 2014 high
           court constitutional term
    • Abstract: Dixon, Rosalind
      A 'functional' approach to constitutional interpretation is well-accepted in many other jurisdictions, including the United States, and offers a promising middle path between the extremes of pure formalism and pragmatism. It is, however, under-developed as an approach to constitutional interpretation, rather than doctrine, in Australia. The article offers an exploration of what it would mean to adopt a more explicitly functionalist approach to the interpretation of the Constitution, drawing on constitutional cases decided by the High Court in 2014.

      PubDate: Mon, 1 Feb 2016 23:50:14 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 2 - The appointment of ministers from outside of
    • Abstract: Blackham, Alysia; Williams, George
      Members of the executive in Australia and other Westminster nations are traditionally appointed only from the ranks of parliamentarians, ostensibly to protect the principle of responsible government. However, there is a growing international trend in nations such as the United Kingdom for the appointment of ministers from outside of Parliament. This article examines the extent to which Australia's constitutional system can accommodate unelected members of a Commonwealth, State or Territory executive. This question is analysed from the perspective of the principle of responsible government and the text of Australia's various constitutional documents. The article also reviews existing practice in comparative jurisdictions and Australian law and practice in order to determine the form that such appointments might take.

      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:52:21 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 2 - A brief history of the judicial review of legislation
           under the Australian constitution
    • Abstract: Stubbs, Matthew
      Although lacking an express mandate, since Federation courts have declared legislation ultra vires if they find it contrary to the Australian Constitution. This article undertakes an historical examination in four parts, to determine whether this judicial review of legislation is legitimate. First, objections to the institution are identified. Second, the justifications for judicial review of legislation developed in the United States, and expressed in the seminal 1803 decision of Marbury v Madison, are examined. Having identified the twin justifications as the supremacy of the Constitution and the primacy of the judiciary in its interpretation, the third section analyses Australian Federation records to see if these justifications are supported, and whether they rebut the objections raised. Finally, the persistence of these justifications after Federation is demonstrated. It is concluded that evidence of the supremacy of the Constitution, and the primacy of the judiciary in its interpretation, is sufficient to justify judicial review of legislation under the Australian Constitution.

      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:52:21 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 2 - Investor-state arbitration: The roadmap from the
           multilateral agreement on investment to the Trans-Pacific partnership
    • Abstract: Sappideen, Razeen; He, Ling Ling
      Capital exporting countries have attempted to protect the overseas investments of their multinational corporations (MNC) against host nation governments expropriating these investments, limiting the right to repatriate profits, or subjecting the withdrawal of their investments to heavy penalties. The aborted Multilateral Agreement on Investment (MAI) of the mid-1990s was an attempt at transferring these concerns to a settled legal framework between nations. Some limited expression of this is found in the provisions of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) Dispute Settlement Understanding, while more substantive assertions are found in the investor-state dispute settlement (ISDS) provisions of bilateral trade and investment agreements entered into between developed and developing economies. However, recent legal challenges and associated public relations campaigns by MNC directed at Public Law and Health measures have caused governments to reassess the situation. A classic example of this has been the challenge by tobacco companies against the plain cigarette packaging legislation introduced by the Canadian and Australian governments. The Australian Government's response to this through its statement of position in respect of future bilateral agreements and its Tobacco Plain Packaging Act 2011 (Cth)1 is equally path breaking. This article examines the dramatic turnaround in perspective of States in respect of Investor-State arbitration, and its impact on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPP) currently being negotiated.

      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:52:21 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 2 - Stepping stones - from corporate fault to directors'
           personal civil liability
    • Abstract: Herzberg, Abe; Anderson, Helen
      Several recent cases have seen the courts approving ASIC's employment of a 'stepping stone' approach that applies directors' statutory duty of care as well as their other statutory duties in a novel context. The first 'stepping stone' involves an action against a company for contravention of the Corporations Act 2001 (Cth). The establishment of corporate fault may then step stone to a finding that by exposing their company to the risk of criminal prosecution, civil liability or significant reputational damage, directors contravened one or more of their statutory duties in ss 180-2 of the Corporations Act, particularly their statutory duty of care, with the attendant civil penalty consequences. The effect of the 'stepping stone' approach is that directors may face a type of derivative civil liability for corporate fault. In this paper we analyse the stepping stone approach and assess the justification for imposing civil liability on directors for their company's misbehaviour. This paper also examines whether an extension of the stepping stone approach could make directors liable for their company's contraventions of non-Corporations Act laws as well as open the floodgates to make directors personally liable to shareholders, creditors, employees, or others affected by corporate fault.

      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:52:21 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 2 - Military justice and chapter III: The constitutional
           basis of courts martial
    • Abstract: Crowe, Jonathan; Ratnapala, Suri
      The High Court has long struggled with the constitutional status of military tribunals established to hear disciplinary charges against service personnel. The Court's judgments reveal three distinct theories on this issue. The first view holds that military tribunals exercise judicial power, but not 'the judicial power of the Commonwealth' within the meaning of s 71 of the Constitution. The second view holds that the power in question is not judicial power at all for constitutional purposes. The third view holds that the power is 'the judicial power of the Commonwealth', but can be exercised by courts martial under a limited exception to the rules set out in Chapter III of the Constitution. The first view dominated the High Court's reasoning until Lane v Morrison (2009) 239 CLR 230, where the judges endorsed the second view. This article contends that the first and second views pose insuperable difficulties when placed in their broader constitutional context. The authors therefore argue for the third interpretation. They further argue that the constitutional basis for the third view strongly implies that military tribunals may only exercise jurisdiction over offences by military personnel that relate to service discipline.

      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:52:21 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 2 - Towards harmonised company legislation - 'are we there
    • Abstract: Barrett, RI
      The enactment of uniform companies legislation in 1961-2 was a significant achievement for a country in which, a century earlier, multiple incorporations of the one body was the norm and a court of one colony questioned the existence of corporate personality created by the law of another. After Federation, business interests increasingly sought uniform State laws. They opposed centralised regulation which, in any event, was beset by constitutional difficulties. Commonwealth legislation eventually became the preferred model as shortcomings of uniform and co-operative mechanisms were progressively exposed. Yet fully harmonised corporations legislation still does not exist. In this paper presented to the 2011 Hartnell Colloquium at the Centre for Commercial Law, Australian National University to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the Uniform Companies Acts, the author sketches the development of Australian companies legislation over the last 150 years.

      PubDate: Mon, 15 Oct 2012 14:52:21 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 1 - Prosecution and punishment of people smugglers in
           Australia 2008-2011
    • Abstract: Schloenhardt, Andreas; Martin, Charles
      This article provides an analysis of people smuggling prosecutions in Australia from 2008 to 2011. Based on the available case law, the article develops a profile of 'typical' people smuggling offenders, examines sentencing trends, and analyses the role of smuggled migrants. The article concludes that current prosecutorial and sentencing practice have had no success in deterring people smuggling and develops a number of recommendations for law reform and policy change.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:33:28 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 1 - Justifications for initiating a constitutional
           amendment to establish an Australian republic: An empirical study
    • Abstract: Patmore, Glenn
      Under section 128 of the Australian Constitution federal parliamentarians have the power to initiate constitutional amendments. This paper examines the justifications of politicians and public figures for proposing a referendum to introduce an Australian republic. From interviews conducted between 2008 and 2011, three important justifications for proposing change emerged: promoting a new national identity; success in passing a referendum and in re-election; and timeliness. An examination of these justifications raised additional questions, including: what reasons did politicians and public figures think were significant' How did their justifications form and develop' What were the reasons that inspired political action' The reasons for initiation of a referendum for a republic, and recognition of indigenous people in the Australian Constitution are also compared. The paper adds to the literature on formal constitutional change, and also offers a critique of the field.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:33:28 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 1 - Proroguing the parliament of Australia: The effect on
           the senate and the conventions that constrain the prerogative power
    • Abstract: Olivier, Eliot
      Political controversies in New South Wales and Canada recently have focused public attention on the constitutional practice of proroguing parliament. They have also shone a light on two lingering areas of uncertainty that surround its operation under the Commonwealth Constitution. This article seeks to clarify these two muddy areas of the law concerning prorogation. The first is the effect of prorogation on the Senate and its committees. Since Federation, the Senate has purported to authorise its committees to continue to function notwithstanding a prorogation of the Parliament. However, it is argued that this practice is unsupported by the provisions of the Constitution and the Senate has no such power. Second, the article examines the operation of the conventions that constrain the Governor-General's power to prorogue. Prorogation generally is exercised on the advice of the Prime Minister. However, this article contends that where a Prime Minister seeks to prorogue Parliament to avoid a vote of no confidence, the Governor-General will have a discretion to reject the advice. It may also be open to the Governor-General to reject an advice to prorogue where the purpose is to avoid scrutiny of a fundamental constitutional illegality. In Australia, the uncertainties that surround prorogation, coupled with the now precarious political landscape in Canberra, create the very real possibility of a prorogation crisis at the Commonwealth level. This article provides a response to these uncertainties. In doing so it offers a solution to how a prorogation crisis can be resolved, whilst maintaining the fine balance of power in our constitutional system.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:33:28 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 1 - Attributes and attribution of state courts -
           federalism and the Kable principle
    • Abstract: Lim, Brendan
      'State courts' can be understood in at least two ways. Their 'attributes' are the characteristics that define them as 'courts'. Their 'attribution' is the extent to which they are regarded as emanations of a 'state' in its constitutional conception as a constituent unit of the federation. The principle first articulated in Kable v Director of Public Prosecutions (NSW) (1996) 189 CLR 51 ensures the institutional integrity of state courts by protecting from legislative impairment their defining characteristics as 'courts'. It therefore understands state courts almost exclusively by their 'attributes'. This article examines the significance to the Kable principle of also understanding state courts by their 'attribution'. There are different conceptions of the proper attribution of state courts, coincident with different visions of how to accommodate simultaneous constitutional commitments to autonomous states and integrated courts. Those conceptions influence the content and application of the Kable principle in ways that are insufficiently appreciated. This insight permits a new perspective on the Kable principle as a doctrine of federalism, and its recent applications in International Finance Trust Co Ltd v NSW Crime Commission (2009) 240 CLR 319; Kirk v Industrial Court (NSW) (2010) 239 CLR 531; South Australia v Totani (2010) 242 CLR 1; and Wainohu v New South Wales (2011) 243 CLR 181. It also prompts an analysis of a contemporaneous evolution in the constitutional policy of the Commonwealth, whose Attorney-General typically intervened in Kable cases in support of the states, until recently seeking to extend to them certain Chapter III limitations.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:33:28 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 1 - A new coat of paint: Law and order and the
           refurbishment of 'Kable'
    • Abstract: Appleby, Gabrielle J; Williams, John M
      The Kable doctrine is, and has always been, a difficult legal principle to define. For over a decade, and despite much academic attention, it had little consequence for state power. Until recently, the High Court deftly avoided its application by employing a number of techniques. As the politics of law and order in the states have increased, state Parliaments have felt emboldened by these cases to test the outer limits of their legislative power. In such an environment, federal anti-terrorism measures, introduced as extraordinary responses necessary for the exceptional nature of terrorism, have crept into general state policing and expanded. It is in this arena that the Kable doctrine has emerged once again. The principle is now vital to understanding the very real limits of state power, particularly in the law and order arena. This article traces the Court's approach to the principle in three recent cases involving the states' anti-organised crime measures (International Finance Trust Co v New South Wales Crime Commission, South Australia v Totani, and Wainohu v New South Wales) before offering some conclusions about where the current jurisprudence leaves the states and their perpetual campaign to achieve law and order.

      PubDate: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:33:28 GMT
  • Volume 40 Issue 1 - Foreword
    • Abstract: Young, Katharine G; Zagor, Matthew; Pozza, Dominique Dalla; McLaughlin, Rob; Thai, Pauline
      PubDate: Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:33:28 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 1 - The rise, fall and proposed rebirth of the Australian
           military court
    • Abstract: Burmester, Henry
      In October 2007 a new era in Australian military criminal justice began with the establishment of an Australian Military Court (AMC). The AMC had, however, a short life, being found in August 2009 by the High Court of Australia to be contrary to Chapter III of the Australian Constitution.1 In May 2010 it was announced that a new Military Court of Australia, established in conformity with Chapter III, was to be established to replace the interim system put in place following the High Court's invalidation of the first AMC. A Bill for a new military court was introduced to Parliament in 2010 but lapsed with the dissolution of Parliament for the 2010 election.2 No replacement Bill had been introduced as at the beginning of 2011. It is unclear when or whether a new military court will be established.

      PubDate: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:34:18 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 1 - The process of law reform: conditions for success
    • Abstract: Barnett, Laura
      Changing the law can be a tricky business. Seen from the perspective of non-governmental organisations, law reform can mean years of lobbying governments and politicians for change; seen from inside government, law reform may signify months or years of consultation, drafting bills, and holding one's breath for Parliament; seen from Parliament, law reform may mean a relatively simple examination and passage of a Bill or months of political haggling; from the perspective of the public, law reform may appear variously political, idealistic, long and drawn out or hasty. Law reform is all of these things.

      PubDate: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:34:18 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 1 - Carbon pricing options for a post-kyoto response to
           climate change in Australia
    • Abstract: Gumley, Wayne; Stoianoff, Natalie
      On 24 February 2011 the Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced proposals for introduction of a 'carbon price mechanism' to commence as early as 1 July 2012.1 This announcement follows the establishment of a Multi-Party Climate Change Committee on 27 September 2010 with instructions to 'explore options for the implementation of a carbon price [and] help to build consensus on how Australia will tackle the challenge of climate change', starting from the position that 'a carbon price is a necessary economic reform required to reduce carbon pollution'.2 Earlier in 2010 a major review of the Australian taxation system by Dr Ken Henry was released, providing extensive insights into how the tax system should be restructured 'to deal with the ... environmental challenges of the 21st century', and its 'interrelationships [with] ... the proposed emissions trading system'.3 These developments are largely driven by the need for Australia to develop a credible climate change agenda once the Kyoto Protocol arrangements come to an end in 2012.4 Whilst Australia seems to be on track to meet its Kyoto commitments, setting acceptable greenhouse reduction targets and introducing effective greenhouse abatement strategies for the 'post-Kyoto' period will be a huge challenge.

      PubDate: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:34:18 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 1 - Entrenching 'cooperative federalism': Is it time to
           formalise coag's place in the Australian federation'
    • Abstract: Kildea, Paul; Lynch, Andrew
      Literature on the necessity for reform of Australia's federal division of government continues to blossom, reflecting the assessment of a leading expert in the area that the system is now at a 'cross-road' between delivering a vibrant and beneficial federalism to the Australian public or 'merely a mask for the effective centralisation of power'.1Although the solutions advanced by many commentators towards ensuring the first of these outcomes over the second are many and various, it is notable that none looks exclusively to constitutional amendment as the silver bullet of reform. The notorious difficulty of attaining a successful referendum result - particularly on federal issues which have traditionally been amongst the most contentious proposals - as well as the difficulty of encapsulating all that might be done in the way of federal reform within a single suite of proposed amendments, has ensured that sub-constitutional institutions and mechanisms have been looked to as a simpler, more effective way to achieve change.

      PubDate: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:34:18 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 1 - Does the corporations power extend to re-constituting
    • Abstract: Orr, Graeme; Johnston, Andrew
      This article examines the breadth of the corporations power in s 51(xx) of the Australian Constitution. The issue we address can be posed in a couple of ways. Once formed, to what degree does the national Parliament have power to 're-form' corporations' Or, to put it in a more neutral way, once incorporated, what power does the national Parliament have over a corporation's constitution' Addressing this issue requires us to explore the vision or model of the corporation which underlies the limit, recognised in the Incorporation Case of 1990, that the Commonwealth may only wield power over corporations already 'formed'.

      PubDate: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:34:18 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 1 - The high cost of judges: Reconsidering judicial
           pensions and retirement in an ageing population
    • Abstract: Opeskin, Brian
      In recent years there has been unprecedented concern about the impact of population change on Australian society. The concerns come from different quarters. Commentators have variously remarked that fertility is too low, immigration is too high, the population is ageing too rapidly, and that uneven spatial distribution is placing too great a burden on the infrastructure of already crowded cities. As further evidence of the growing interest in population dynamics, in 2010 the Australian Government created a new office of the Minister for Sustainable Population to help guide the development of policies to meet Australia's future population needs.

      PubDate: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:34:18 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 1 - The notional legislator: The Australian securities and
           investments commission's role as a law-maker
    • Abstract: Bottomley, Stephen
      Socio-legal scholars have long recognised the importance of understanding the difference and the interaction between the 'law in the books' - the formal legal rules and doctrines made by parliaments and the courts, and the 'law in action' - the processes and practices by which those rules and doctrines are put into effect. Similarly, public lawyers and regulatory theorists have highlighted the importance of understanding the role of regulatory discretion in the enforcement of rules. The commonly understood message in these overlapping areas of research is that we cannot properly understand the law if we limit our attention to formal rules. A related point is that there is nothing necessarily improper about the exercise of regulatory discretion. Nor is there anything necessarily improper about the fact that the processes of rule enforcement can produce different outcomes than might be suggested by a simple reading of the rule itself.

      PubDate: Tue, 15 May 2012 09:34:18 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 3 - Informal votes at a constitutional referendum
    • Abstract: Handley, KR
      Section 128 of the Commonwealth Constitution provides that proposals for constitutional change at a referendum are carried if they are supported by double majorities 'of the electors voting.' It is not immediately clear whether informal votes are to be included in the total or denominator when determining whether the yes votes are a majority. The point could determine the result in a future referendum. Indeed if such 'votes' are to be included in the total 'voting' the referendum on 28 September 1946 to give the Commonwealth additional social security powers would have been lost.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:54 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 3 - The 'constitution' and the substantive principles of
           judicial review: The full scope of the entrenched minimum provision of
           judicial review
    • Abstract: Bateman, Will
      The High Court has held that the Constitution entrenches a 'minimum provision of judicial review'. In the context of privative clauses, the contours of that minimum provision are settled - the supervisory jurisdiction of the High Court and the State Supreme Courts to review for jurisdictional error cannot be excluded. In respect of privative clauses contained in Commonwealth legislation, conflict with s 75(v) of the Constitution provides the constitutional anchor for the minimum provision, while in State jurisdiction the textual anchor is found in the constitutional definition of a 'court', as that term is used in Ch III. In respect of other elements of judicial review, particularly the substantive principles of review, the position is radically unclear. One commentator has observed that, if the Constitution does contain principles prohibiting the exclusion of the substantive principles of judicial review, 'it is not obvious where they lie or what the justification for them might be.'

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:54 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 3 - Extended standing - enhanced accountability':
           Judicial review of commonwealth environmental decisions
    • Abstract: Edgar, Andrew
      The general test for standing in Australia requires an applicant to have a 'special interest' in the subject matter of the action. It is well known that under this test environmental groups face challenges in being granted standing. So what happens when legislation extends standing to allow these groups to bring judicial review proceedings' The cases and academic literature suggest that there may be a number of consequences. It may be that other aspects of the litigation process such as costs, non-justiciability, or powers to stay proceedings for being an abuse of process operate to curb inappropriate proceedings. It is also possible that standing-related issues are handled by the grounds of judicial review, such as procedural fairness or failure to consider a relevant matter. This could occur in two different ways. Judges may be wary of being drawn into what they regard as political disputes3 and take a restrained approach to the grounds of review that emphasises orthodox limitations. Or, they may see extended standing as a sign that legal accountability is to be enhanced and that a progressive approach to the grounds of review is warranted.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:54 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 3 - Federal constitutional influences on state judicial
    • Abstract: Groves, Matthew
      Since the late 1990s it has become increasingly clear that the Commonwealth Constitution is the dominant influence upon judicial review of administrative action in Australia. The Constitution provides for a minimum entrenched provision of judicial review by recognising and protecting the supervisory jurisdiction of the High Court. This protection comes at a price because the separation of powers doctrine and the division and allocation of functions it fosters impose many limits upon the reach and content of judicial review of administrative action. This protective and restrictive effect of the separation of powers upon judicial review of administrative action arguably reflects a wider tension in the separation of powers, in which the powers and limits of each arm of government are balanced in a wider sense.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:54 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 3 - The income taxation of native title agreements
    • Abstract: Stewart, Miranda
      In this paper is the agreement between Argyle, Traditional Owners for the mine area and the Kimberley Land Council. This paper carries all the rules to make sure that we treat each other properly. It has taken many years and a lot of hard work to make this agreement. We are very proud to sign it. With this agreement as a start, we can make the future better for Traditional Owners and Argyle.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:54 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 3 - Changing the leader - the constitutional conventions
           concerning the resignation of prime ministers and premiers
    • Abstract: Twomey, Anne
      In recent times in Australia there have been a number of changes in the leader of the governing party at both Commonwealth and State level, leading to a change in the holder of the office of Prime Minister or Premier. These changes have occurred not as a consequence of retirement or the loss of an election, but because of the loss of support for the leader by the leader's parliamentary party. They include the South Australian change of Premier from Mike Rann to Jay Weatherill, the New South Wales changes of Premier from Morris Iemma to Nathan Rees to Kristina Keneally and the change in Prime Minister from Kevin Rudd to Julia Gillard. Earlier examples include the change from Bob Hawke to Paul Keating and from John Gorton to Billy McMahon. This article explores the connection between the loss of party support for a leader and the role of the Governor or Governor-General in the appointment and removal of the Premier or Prime Minister.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:54 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 2 - The 'Fatal Conundrum' of 'No-Consideration' clauses
           after Plaintiff M61 Christopher Tran
    • Abstract: Tran, Christopher
      In Plaintiff M61/2010E v Commonwealth ('Plaintiff M61'), the High Court held in a unanimous joint judgment that the plaintiff asylum seekers on Christmas Island were entitled to procedural fairness and to have their claims for refugee status determined according to law. This decision has significant ramifications for the government's asylum seeker policy, and it has already been the subject of academic commentary from an immigration perspective. The case also has broader doctrinal significance because it is only the second time that the full bench has considered what this article will call a 'no-consideration' clause. The Court held that the legislature can validly confer a power on a decision-maker and at the same time provide that the decision-maker has no duty to consider exercising it. However, on the facts before it, the Minister had decided to consider all requests for asylum and thus had moved beyond the protection of the no-consideration clause. Moreover, declaratory relief was appropriate even though the constitutional writs were unavailable. This handling of the no-consideration clause reveals a concern to safeguard judicial review from legislative intrusion. This article explores the use of 'no-consideration' clauses to restrict judicial review and the Court's approach to such clauses in Plaintiff M61.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:32 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 2 - 'Red bull gives you wiings': Patrolling the boundaries
           of drug foods
    • Abstract: Reynolds, Rocque
      Drug foods are part of every food culture, so Sidney Mintz has argued, and the energy drink, Red Bull, might be understood as one of our latest drug foods. Drug foods pose a challenge from a regulatory point of view for they bring into focus two of the great food debates - the impact of food regulation on food innovation and the role of food regulators in regard to public health. In so far as drug foods have traditionally formed a part of every diet, any attempt to ban or limit new or novel drug foods opens the food regulator to 'endless charges of hypocrisy and irrationality', 'paternalistic' behaviour and standing in the way of food innovation. On the other hand, if the food regulator does allow new drug foods to be manufactured and sold it is accused of failing in its duty to protect public health or of being 'amoral' in this regard.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:32 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 2 - Regulating for women on corporate boards: Polycentric
           governance in Australia
    • Abstract: Nagarajan, Vijaya
      With close to five million women in paid employment and constituting over 45 per cent of the total workforce and 57 per cent of the Australian public service, holding 28 per cent of the seats in Senate and 25 per cent of the seats in the House of Representatives, one could be forgiven for entertaining the thought that as a nation, we are beginning to acknowledge the importance of gender equality. However we are quickly reminded that this is far from the truth when it comes to corporate boards which are important sites of decision making that affect us all. In Australia, although women hold 27 per cent of senior positions in private companies, they only hold 10.9 per cent of the board positions in the top 200 listed companies on the Australian stock exchange. Addressing this issue has taken on utmost importance with many governments threatening to introduce legislation to make it happen. Perhaps unlike some of the enormous challenges of climate change and the Global Financial Crisis, this area is one where nation states see that they can make a difference.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:32 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 2 - An Australian in the palace of the king-emperor: James
           Scullin, George v and the appointment of the first Australian-born
    • Abstract: Waugh, John
      The nomination in 1930 of an Australian, Sir Isaac Isaacs, as Governor-General of the Commonwealth of Australia has become a minor landmark in the development of Australian independence. Opposed or supported at the time as a measure of the strength of Australia's links with Britain, the appointment has become, for lawyers and historians alike, a test-case for Australian autonomy and the countervailing cultural and legal force of the imperial connection. The central collision between Australian Prime Minister James Scullin (who nominated Isaacs) and King George V (who resisted strongly) added to the constitutional interest of the appointment but contributed to the long closure to researchers of key parts of the documentary record.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:32 GMT
  • Volume 39 Issue 2 - Subsidiarity: European lessons for Australia's federal
    • Abstract: Aroney, Nicholas
      The principle of subsidiarity was adopted as part of the law of the European Union as a response to perceptions of excessive centralisation and bureaucratisation within the European system of government. If subsidiarity is a solution to these problems in Europe, it might be asked: could it also be a solution to similar problems that arise in other federal systems, such as those of the United States and Australia' However, posing the question in this way is misleading because it is not at all clear that subsidiarity has been a solution in Europe, and in any case it cannot be assumed that a solution in one context will necessarily operate effectively in another. This article closely examines the nature and operation of the principle of subsidiarity in Europe and asks what lessons might be learned from it. To do this, the article begins by identifying the carefully defined operation of the principle in EU law and then closely examining the application of the principle, firstly as a political decision-making procedure that involves the Member State parliaments in the European policy-making process, and secondly as a juridical principle enforceable by the European Court of Justice. The possible adoption of the principle in other federations is then discussed, but limitations on its effectiveness in Europe, as well as the different institutional and political circumstances of the Australian federal system, are shown to undermine its likely usefulness, unless other more fundamental issues about the way in which the federal system is understood, organised and operated are addressed. The final part of the article suggests that these more fundamental issues are best understood and addressed in the light of a broader, more substantial, 'social' conception of subsidiarity: a conception not unrelated to the Roman Catholic social theory from which the idea of subsidiarity originally derived. A more substantial, social conception of subsidiarity, it is argued, can help us to understand why the application of the principle in Europe has had only limited effect and also why its application in other federal systems is unlikely to remedy problems of centralisation and bureaucratisation. This is because the European version of subsidiarity is focussed on the question of how the functionalist objectives of the EU can most appropriately be achieved, with only tangential consideration being given to the proper functions, purposes and responsibilities of the constituent Member States themselves. Focussing simply on the scope and reach of the competences of the central organs of government is not enough. Nor is it sufficient, as in Australia, to focus only upon the immunities that the constituent states ought to enjoy as self-governing political communities. Rather, the key task is to identify the proper functions and purposes (munera) of the various political (and social) communities and associations that make up the wider political community of which they are an integral part. The proper immunities that a particular community should enjoy cannot be identified apart from and identification of the appropriate munus of that community. Although an admittedly difficult and highly controversial task, unless the issue of the munera is addressed, 'subsidiarity' as a principle is not going to have much effect, for its fundamental lesson about the nature and integrity of the munus of each community - social and political - will not have been learned.

      PubDate: Fri, 11 May 2012 16:11:32 GMT
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