The latest Part of PLR includes the following articles: “A power “singular and eccentrical”: Royal commissions and executive power after Williams” – Nicholas Aroney; “Rethinking unreasonableness review” – Leighton McDonald; “Accountability of the judiciary” – Hon Justice McGrath; and the following Comments: “Drafting a replacement for the races power in the Australian Constitution” – Rosalind Dixon and George Williams; “New Zealand’s Parliamentary Privilege Bill: The empire finally strikes back” – Andrew Geddis; “Fortescue Metals Group Ltd v Commonwealth: Discrimination and fiscal federalism” – Amelia Simpson. There is also a Developments section.
In another “bikie” case, the High Court has held the Crimes (Criminal Organisations Control) Act 2009 (NSW) invalid in its entirety. The impugned provisions of the Act provided for an organisation to be classified a declared organisation by an “eligible judge” of the Supreme Court, subsequently allowing its members to be placed under orders restricting, ...more
By Sharyn Roach Anleu and Kathy Mack. Australians place a high value on the importance of courts, though public confidence in the courts and legal system is generally low. Very few Australians have any first-hand experience of their courts, suggesting that most of their information derives from print, electronic and other sources.