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Appointing Attorneys-General to the High Court: a case for reform

Bai, James and Hobbs, Harry (2017) Appointing Attorneys-General to the High Court: a case for reform. Alternative Law Journal, 42 (4). pp. 286-291. ISSN 1037-969X

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Identification Number: 10.1177/1037969X17732707


Throughout 2016, Attorney-General George Brandis QC repeatedly denied he intended to leave the Federal Parliament and take up a position on the High Court of Australia. In this article we explore the experiences of the two most recent politicians-cum-High Court Justices: Garfield Barwick and Lionel Murphy; and note that Australia’s current judicial appointment process would have permitted Brandis to make a similar transition. We argue that this process should be revamped to enhance transparency and accountability in the appointments process, to the benefit of our judicial system and its public perception.

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Divisions: Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Date Deposited: 21 Feb 2018 10:29
Last Modified: 16 May 2024 02:37

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