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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 80, Number 4, April 2006
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  • CURRENT ISSUES -- Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Death of Joe Starke QC
        p.211                                                                                      +cite    
  • Speaking to the media
        p.211                                                                                      +cite    
  • Relative importance of gathering evidence
        p.211                                                                                      +cite    
  • Specialist trial courts for those accused on assaults against children
        p.212                                                                                      +cite    
  • Should we increase the High Court's strength to nine?
        p.212                                                                                      +cite    
  • Judicial appointment in South Africa
        p.213                                                                                      +cite    
  • Interlocking State statutes
        p.214                                                                                      +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY -- Editor: Peter Butt
  • Enforceability of "no caveat" clauses
        p.215                                                                                      +cite    
  • There but for the grace
        p.216                                                                                      +cite    
  • When is a covenant "negative"?
        p.217                                                                                      +cite    

  • PRACTICAL ADVOCACY -- Editor: Professor John Harber Phillips AC QC
  • "The first, the last, and the worst"
        p.219                                                                                      +cite    

  • INTERNATIONAL FOCUS -- Editor: Ryszard Piotrowicz
  • The Red Cross gets a new emblem: Will diamonds be forever?
        p.221                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT CASES -- Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Ordinary words in migration cases
        p.223                                                                                      +cite    
  • Bailment: Railway carriages - Rights of bailor after collision
        p.223                                                                                      +cite    
  • Trustee who is also beneficiary occupying trust property: Accountability
        p.224                                                                                      +cite    
  • Damages for unlawful conduct of police
        p.224                                                                                      +cite    
  • Solicitors' fiduciary duty
        p.225                                                                                      +cite    
  • Wills: Queensland - Statutory modification defeats will
        p.225                                                                                      +cite    
  • Corporations: Pre-emptive articles - Buy back of shares
        p.226                                                                                      +cite    
  • Schools: standard of care does not amount to constant supervision of students
        p.226                                                                                      +cite    
  • Question raised in Phipps v Ackers
        p.227                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • UNITED STATES SUPREME COURT AND THE GUANTANAMO BAY PRISONERS
        Manuel José García-Mansilla
        p.232                                                                                      +cite        
        Two Australians, David Hicks and Mamdouh Habib, were captured by the United States Army in Afghanistan, and taken to Guantânamo Bay, Cuba. They are kept there as prisoners pending hearings before military tribunals. They, and other foreign prisoners, filed habeas corpus petitions in United States federal courts, claiming that their detention violated the United States Constitution and international law. The federal courts rejected the petitions, relying on Supreme Court precedents. The United States Supreme Court has now reversed these decisions. This article examines the precedents, which many outside the United States would find surprising, given that its legal system has always held itself out as championing the rights of the individual against the state. The article also examines the Supreme Court decision in Rasul v Bush 124 S Ct 2686 (2004) which overturned or distinguished them.
  • PUBLIC LIABILITY FOR NEGLIGENTLY-INFLICTED ECONOMIC LOSS
        Kenneth Warner
        p.241                                                                                      +cite        
        This article examines the modern history of liability in the law of negligence concerning claims for pure economic loss brought against public authorities. Key difficulties in the modern law on the subject are then elucidated. In doing so the author compares the approach to these claims in the jurisdictions of Australia, England and Wales, New Zealand and Canada. The author concludes that important issues remain unresolved and suggests a direction which might satisfy the courts' policy concerns and provide for an outcome to these claims which can be viewed as fair and equitable.
  • RESETTLEMENT: FINDING THE NEW CHARTER OF RIGHTS
        Darrell Barnett
        p.254                                                                                      +cite        
        The author examines the concept of "resettlement" in the context of Australian revenue law and particularly CGT Event E 1 and suggests that the "whole substratum of the trust" test developed by Megarry J in Re Ball's Settlement [1968] 2 All ER 438 should not be applied in that context. The author then examines recent High Court authority and applicable principles of trust and property law as the foundation for a suggested new test to form the touchstone of whether an amendment or alteration to the terms of a trust deed amounts to a resettlement. Finally, the author applies the suggested test to CGT Event El and identifies the difficulties emerging from the Australian Tax Office's statement of principles in light of that test.