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The latest issue of the Australian Law Journal (Volume 92 Part 6) contains the following material:

CURRENT ISSUES Editor: Justice François Kunc

  • Legal Fictions and Personal Responsibility
  • Penalties for Corporate Misconduct
  • ALRC Inquiry into Indigenous Incarceration Rates
  • Living on in Cyberspace
  • A New Look for the Contemporaneous File Note
  • Open Courts Act Review in Victoria
  • Victorian Aboriginal Treaty Bill
  • New Section Editors
  • Inquiry into Class Action Proceedings and Third-Party Litigation Funders

CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY Editors: Robert Angyal SC and Brendan Edgeworth

  • Reform in Elder Law – Granny Flats

AROUND THE NATION: TASMANIA Editor: Justice Stephen Estcourt AM

  • A Tale of Two Courts


  • Defamation Trial Sequel to a Murder Trial: Rayney v Western Australia (No 9) [2017] WASC 367

PERSONALIA Editor: Emily Vale


  • Justice Katrina Banks-Smith
  • Justice Craig Colvin
  • Justice Simon Steward

New South Wales

  • Justice Peter McClellan AM

RECENT CASES Editor: Ruth CA Higgins SC

  • Practice and Procedure – Stay of Proceeding – Applications For Leave to File and Serve Amended Statement of Claim – Refused with Costs Taxed Immediately – Costs Unpaid Because Appellant Impecunious
  • Defamation – Contextual Truth Defence – Whether Defendants May Plead Back a Plaintiff’s Substantially True Imputations – Defamation Act 2005 (NSW) s 26
  • United Kingdom – Supreme Court – Contract Law – Licence of Premises – No Oral Modification Clause – Whether Effective


Extending the Life of a Discretionary Trust – Michael Flynn QC

This article sets out the three requirements that must be satisfied to vary the vesting date and thereby extend the life of a discretionary trust. The first and most obvious of these is that the vesting date must not yet have arrived. The second requirement is that the trust’s vesting date must be capable of variation, by the trustee, the collective agreement of the beneficiaries (under the rule in Saunders v Vautier), or by the court. The final requirement is that the extension of time must comply with the trust’s perpetuity period (which will depend on the drafting of the trust and the legislation presiding over it). Having examined these requirements, the capital gains tax consequences of any change to a trust’s vesting date are considered.

Unseen Networks: The Legal Professions’ Involvement in the Law Reform (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act 1944 (NSW) Mark Lunney

Prior to the foundation of permanent law reform bodies in the second half of the 20th century, the process of statutory law reform of private law in Australian jurisdictions was a largely unseen exercise. Drawing on archival sources, this article explores the role that members of the legal profession played “behind the scenes” in the creation of one of the most radical law reforms in private law in New South Wales in the first half of the 20th century, the extension of liability for negligently-caused nervous shock. Members of the profession both agitated for reform and provided suggestions for change and in doing so they demonstrated a willingness to depart from developments in England thought inappropriate and a determination to create a solution which would place New South Wales at the forefront of the best modern legal developments.

Can There Ever Be Affordable Family Law? – Patrick Parkinson and Brian Knox

The current operation of the family law system continues to be a source of great dissatisfaction to almost everyone caught up in it. There are many reforms that could ensure that the system works better within the existing budgetary envelope. These include better gatekeeping strategies to ensure that people have made efforts to resolve their disputes, or to narrow the issues, before filing; listing priority to be given to parties who have taken all reasonable steps to resolve their dispute; obligations on practitioners and judges similar to those contained in the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth) to facilitate the just, quick and cheap resolution of the real issues; the greater use of costs orders against people who pursue unreasonable or unnecessary applications or responses to applications; and legislative provisions to deter unethical lawyering. Finally, the article explains the rationale for the pilot of Parenting Management Hearings for self-represented litigants.

BOOK REVIEWS Editor: Angelina Gomez

  • The Evolving Role of Trust in Superannuation, by M Scott Donald and Lisa Butler Beatty (eds)
  • Regulation in Australia, by Arie Freiberg
  • The Varieties of Restitution (2nd ed), by Ian Jackman SC
  • Understanding the Rule of Law, by Dr Geert Corstens


  • Patrick Brazil AO KLJ

For the PDF version of the table of contents, click here: ALJ Vol 92 No 6 Contents.

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