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  Australian Journal of Administrative Law   (Australia)
  Volume 16, Number 3, May 2009
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  • EDITORIAL
  • Gender and marriage
        p.127                                                                                      +cite    
  • Justice as the paramount consideration
        p.127                                                                                      +cite    
  • Decisions are decisions in fact
        p.128                                                                                      +cite    

  • TRADE, COMMERCE AND REVENUE — Tim Moe
  • Fraud: "Infinite in variety" but rare in practice? — SZFDE and its scant progeny
        p.130                                                                                      +cite    

  • WORK AND EMPLOYMENT — Graeme Orr and Joo-Cheong Tham
  • Fair work, fair law and fair process?
        p.135                                                                                      +cite    

  • CASENOTES — Rebecca Heath
  • Parker v Comptroller-General of Customs
        p.138                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • Tribunals and administrative policies: Does the high or low policy distinction help?
        Andrew Edgar
        p.143                                                                                      +cite        
        The Australian administrative law literature identifies a number of factors for allocating weight to administrative policies by merits review tribunals. The primary consideration is the distinction between high policies, those made at the ministerial level, and low policies, those made at the departmental level. This article questions whether the high or low policy distinction assists in allocating weight to administrative policies. It argues that the distinction is problematic and that the scope of flexibility when applying policies should be assessed primarily by reference to considerations drawn from the particular regulatory context.
  • Security identification cards, background checks and the Administrative Appeals Tribunal
        Trent Glover
        p.157                                                                                      +cite        
        Security identification cards (SICs) are required to be displayed by persons accessing secure areas of critical infrastructure such as airports, marine ports, ships and offshore facilities. This article considers the steps necessary to obtain a SIC, including the requirement that a background check be conducted of an applicant's criminal history. Whilst it may appear that the regulatory framework relating to SICs may operate harshly in respect of applicants who "fail" a background check, it will be shown that "failing" a background check is not necessarily fatal to a person's ability to be issued with a SIC. This is because of the operation of the numerous review mechanisms, including merits review by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal, built in to the regime.

  • BOOK REVIEWS - Matthew Groves
  • Tribunals in the Common Law World by Robin Creyke
        p.173                                                                                      +cite    
  • Administrative Law - Context and Critique by Michael Head
        p.174                                                                                      +cite    
  • The Nine: Inside the Secret World of tue Supreme Court by Jeffrey Toobin
        p.175                                                                                      +cite