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  Australian Journal of Administrative Law   (Australia)
  Volume 15, Number 4, August 2008
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  • EDITORIAL
  • Veteran's entitlements: Revision needed
        p.177                                                                                      +cite    
  • Self-represented parties: Failing to call evidence
        p.179                                                                                      +cite    
  • A tribunal informing itself
        p.179                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT DECISIONS — Dr Damien J Cremean
  • Miriani v Commissioner of Polic, NSW Police (Freedom of Information)
        p.181                                                                                      +cite    
  • Worldwide Enterprises Pty Ltd v Silberman (Applications Filed in Victorian Civil and Administrative Tribunal)
        p.182                                                                                      +cite    
  • SZLQG v Minister for Immigration & Citizenship (Migration)
        p.182                                                                                      +cite    
  • Medical Board (WA) v A Practitioner (Medical Practitioners)
        p.183                                                                                      +cite    
  • Pazios v Pulteney Grammar School (Equal Opportunity)
        p.184                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • Consultation: One aspect of procedural propriety in administrative decision-making
        Hon Justice Brian J Preston
        p.185                                                                                      +cite        
        Consultation by an administrative decision-maker with the public generally or with particular persons can be utilised to allow participation, and an opportunity to be heard, in the decision-making process. This article provides an overview of recent cases, especially in the United Kingdom, on the ways in which a duty to consult might arise and, when it does, the content of the duty to consult.
  • Freedom of information implications of information sharing networks for critical infrastructure protection
        Bill Lane, Stephen Corones, Susan Hedge and Dale Clapperton
        p.193                                                                                      +cite        
        Protection of "critical infrastructure" has become a major issue for governments worldwide. Yet in Australia, as in many other countries, including the United States, an estimated 90% of critical infrastructure is privately owned or operated commercially—in other words, critical infrastructure protection is not the exclusive domain of government. As a result, information sharing between government and the private sector has become a vitally important component of effective risk management. However, establishing effective arrangements of this kind between the public and private sector needs to take account of existing regimes of access and public disclosure which relate to government-held documents; in particular, that which is established by freedom of information (FOI) legislation. This article examines the extent to which the current Commonwealth FOI regime is likely to act as an impediment to the private sector operators of critical infrastructure participating in government-operated information sharing arrangements. By examining developments in other jurisdictions, principally the United States, the article considers whether amendments to the current Australian FOI regime are necessary to ensure effective participation, consistent with the underlying object and purpose of FOI.
  • Sexual and gender-based persecution and tribunal decision making: Challenges for decision-makers when social and cultural mores intersect with administrative review
        Udara Jayasinghe and Rea Hearn-Mackinnon
        p.213                                                                                      +cite        
        With the new wave of refugees arriving from the Middle East, Africa and Asia, Australia has seen many women claiming sexual and gender-based persecution. This form of violence is socially and culturally constructed. It is triggered by issues relating to sex and gender and the associated discrimination or vulnerability faced by women in their communities. The essential elements of sexual and gender-based persecution claims exist within the varying cultural and social contexts of the claimant. This has made it difficult for administrative decision-makers to identify all the defining attributes of a sexual and gender-based persecution claim. In Australia, this socially and culturally constructed form of persecution has intersected with grounds of judicial review, which require tribunal decision-makers to identify all essential components of a claim on the material that is before the tribunal. This article aims to highlight the practical complexities facing decision-makers in assessing sexual and gender-based violence claims within the Australian framework.

  • BOOK REVIEWS — Dr Matthew Groves
  • Constitutional and Administrative Law in New Zealand by Philip Joseph
        p.223                                                                                      +cite    
  • Universal Human Rights: Origins and Development by Stephen James
        p.224                                                                                      +cite    

  • VOLUME 15 — 2007-2008
  • Table of Article Authors
        p.227                                                                                      +cite    
  • Table of Cases
        p.229                                                                                      +cite    
  • Index
        p.241                                                                                      +cite