By James Allan*
I am a bill of rights sceptic. A good number of the peer reviewed law journal articles I have written in the last decade or so, plus a bunch of book chapters, have been related to the issue of bills of rights, about a couple of dozen such pieces. Since arriving in Australia four years ago, I have also written dozens and dozens of newspaper opinion pieces, many of them arguing against enacting a bill of rights. Then, in late May 2009, it was pointed out to me that in the most recent issue of the Alternative Law Journal Nicola McGarrity of the Gilbert & Tobin Public Law Centre had written a piece taking issue with my and former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr’s views.
The full comment can be accessed here: “Of newspapers and law reviews” (2009) 20 PLR 251.
*James Allan, Garrick Professor of Law, University of Queensland.