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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 83, Number 11, November 2009
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  • CURRENT ISSUES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young, AO
  • Procedural shift in policy
        p.715                                                                                      +cite    
  • A national legal profession
        p.715                                                                                      +cite    
  • Violence towards women
        p.716                                                                                      +cite    
  • The worst crime
        p.716                                                                                      +cite    
  • The criminal law
        p.716                                                                                      +cite    
  • Large and long civil litigation
        p.717                                                                                      +cite    
  • Unelected judges
        p.717                                                                                      +cite    
  • Child custody
        p.718                                                                                      +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY — Editor: Peter Butt
  • Beware what you undertake
        p.719                                                                                      +cite    
  • What is a "claim"?
        p.719                                                                                      +cite    
  • When is a date "specified"
        p.720                                                                                      +cite    
  • Ouster of co-owner
        p.721                                                                                      +cite    

  • PEOPLE IN THE LAW — Editor: Geoff Linsday, SC
  • Appointment of Senior Counsel (NSW)
        p.722                                                                                      +cite    
  • Justice Schmidt (NSW)
        p.722                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT CASES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young, AO
  • The tort of harassment
        p.723                                                                                      +cite    
  • Promissory estoppel: Equitable set-off
        p.723                                                                                      +cite    
  • Landlord and tenant: Parting with possession
        p.724                                                                                      +cite    
  • Easements of necessity: Strata buildings
        p.724                                                                                      +cite    
  • Mutual wills: Caveatable interests of beneficiaries
        p.725                                                                                      +cite    
  • Mining law: What is a copper mine?
        p.725                                                                                      +cite    
  • Company meetings: Power to postpone
        p.726                                                                                      +cite    
  • Issue estoppel
        p.726                                                                                      +cite    
  • Anglo-Australian split on restitution
        p.726                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • TOWARDS UNIFORM SUCCESSION IN AUSTRALIA
        Rosalind F Croucher
        p.728                                                                                      +cite        
        This article summarises the work of the Uniform Succession Laws Project against the background of the problems sought to be solved, including particular consideration of certain aspects of each of the areas of the proposed amendments. The article then reflects upon the challenges for the future in succession law in Australia.
  • TAXATION OF INVESTMENTS BY FOREIGN SOVEREIGNS
        Amrit Maclntyre
        p.752                                                                                      +cite        
        A foreign sovereign will, under international law, be entitled to certain immunities from domestic jurisdiction including in respect of taxation. Under the contemporary restrictive doctrine of sovereign immunity as incorporated into domestic statute law under the Foreign States Immunities Act 1985 (Cth), that immunity in proceedings does not apply to proceedings concerning commercial transactions. Where however, the investment is a passive investment, whether the immunity can be claimed is uncertain. Even if the general disallowance of immunity for proceedings concerning an obligation imposed by or under a provision of a prescribed law of Australia with respect to taxation is operative, the Australian Taxation Office as a matter of courtesy operates on the basis that certain immunities from taxation extend to investments by foreign sovereigns. To the extent that the Commonwealth legislation in question purports to extinguish a State's power to levy taxation in respect of a foreign sovereign, questions also arise as to the ability of the Constitution to support the Commonwealth's law-making powers to do so. The uncertainties in the area could be clarified by legislative action by the Commonwealth and the States.
  • THE INTER-STATE COMMISSION: RETHINKING THE WHEAT CASE
        Damien J Cremean
        p.765                                                                                      +cite        
        The Constitution, s 101, provides for an Inter-State Commission. This body was modelled on the United States Interstate Commerce Commission created in 1887. The Inter-State Commission Act 1912 (Cth), Pt V, however, was held invalid by a majority in the Wheat Case (New South Wales v Commonwealth (1915) 20 CLR 54). That case could well have been decided differently. The minority view should have prevailed. If the Commission was ever to be re-established, it could be given significant functions in executing and maintaining the Constitution's provisions relating to trade and commerce and the laws made thereunder.

  • BOOK REVIEWS
  • Indonesia, Law and Society by Tim Lindsey
        p.774                                                                                      +cite    
  • Douglas and Jones's Administrative Law by Roger Douglas
        p.774                                                                                      +cite    
  • Precedent and the Law by E Hondius
        p.775                                                                                      +cite    
  • Judicial Recusal, Principles, Process and Problems by Grant Hammond
        p.776                                                                                      +cite    
  • Admiralty Jurisdiction: Law and Practice in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore and Hong Kong by Damien J Cremean
        p.777                                                                                      +cite    

  • OBITUARIES
  • Hon John Harber Phillips, AC QC
        p.778                                                                                      +cite    
  • Hon John Flood Nagle, QC
        p.778                                                                                      +cite    
  • Hon Peter Connolly, CBE, CSI, QC
        p.779                                                                                      +cite    

  • Australian Law Journal Reports

  • HIGH COURT REPORTS — Staff of Thomson Reuters

  • DECISONS RECEIVED IN SEPTEMBER 2009
  • Alcan (NT) Alumina Pty Ltd v Commissioner of Territory Revenue (Stamp Duties; Statutes) ([2009] HCA 41)
        p.1152                                                                                    +cite    
  • Campbell v Backoffice Investments Pty Ltd (No 2) (High Court and Federal Court) ([2009] HCA 36)
        p.1101                                                                                    +cite    
  • Fellowes v Military Rehabilitation and Compensation Commission (Workers' Compensation) ([2009] HCA 38)
        p.1113                                                                                    +cite    
  • Immigration and Citizenship, Minister for v SZIAI (Citizenship and Migration) ([2009] HCA 39)
        p.1123                                                                                    +cite    
  • Immigration and Citizenship, Minister for v SZIZO (Citizenship and Migration)([2009] HCA 37)
        p.1104                                                                                    +cite    
  • Immigration and Citizenship, Minister for v SZJGV (Citizenship) ([2009] HCA 40)
        p.1135                                                                                    +cite    
  • Immigration and Citizenship, Minister for v SZJXO (Citizenship) ([2009] HCA 40)
        p.1135                                                                                    +cite