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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 83, Number 7, July 2009
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  • CURRENT ISSUES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Mr James Merralls AM QC: 40th anniversary as Editor of the CLR
        p.431                                                                                      +cite    
  • A national regulatory body for the Australian legal profession
        p.431                                                                                      +cite    
  • Charter of rights
        p.432                                                                                      +cite    
  • Length of criminal trials
        p.433                                                                                      +cite    
  • New court buildings
        p.434                                                                                      +cite    
  • Are judges out of touch?
        p.434                                                                                      +cite    
  • Oaths
        p.434                                                                                      +cite    
  • Collection of fines
        p.435                                                                                      +cite    
  • Widows
        p.435                                                                                      +cite    
  • Judges' retirement
        p.436                                                                                      +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY — Editor: Peter Butt
  • The ius accrescendi (right of survivorship) and companies
        p.437                                                                                      +cite    
  • Adverse possession: No confirmation by "without prejudice" offer to purchase
        p.439                                                                                      +cite    
  • Unreasonable to require security beyond duration of assignee's interest
        p.440                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT CASES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Corporation Law: Pre-emption rights — What are the "last set of audited accounts"?
        p.441                                                                                      +cite    
  • Contracts: Formation — Implied offer and acceptance
        p.441                                                                                      +cite    
  • Do men have breasts?
        p.442                                                                                      +cite    
  • Criminal law: Procedure
        p.443                                                                                      +cite    
  • Valuers: Liability in contract
        p.443                                                                                      +cite    
  • Corporations: Cost of supplying copy of register
        p.444                                                                                      +cite    
  • Setting aside verdict of acquittal
        p.444                                                                                      +cite    
  • Conveyancing of leasehold: Rescission — Landlord's consent not obtained
        p.445                                                                                      +cite    
  • Corporations law: Liquidators
        p.446                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • THE TRADITIONALITY OF THE LAW
        Hon J J Spigelman, AC
        p.447                                                                                      +cite        
        The traditionality of the law provides both a sense of rootedness and a sense of the contemporary contribution of the law. The relocation of the Law School of the University of Sydney from the CBD to the campus will contribute the value of traditionality to the community of' scholars.
  • ABOLISHING THE CRIME OF SEDITION: PART 2
        Graham McBain
        p.449                                                                                      +cite        
        Previous articles by the author (Abolishing the Crime of Treason (2007) 81 ALJ 94 and Abolishing the Crime of Treason Felony (2007) 81 ALJ 812) have advocated the abolition of the crimes of treason and treason felony. These offences are obsolete, being satisfactorily covered by more modern offences. Closely allied to these is the crime of sedition. It is to be found in many legal jurisdictions — including most Commonwealth countries — and it invariably derives from English law. However, the cases under English law are obscure, the legal texts old and difficult to get hold off. Further, there has been no comprehensive analysis of the subject in a chronological and historical context for, at least, 100 years. This article is designed to remedy the position, in order to enable non-English lawyers to consider the continued merits of this offence in their own legal jurisdictions. The conclusion of the article is that the crime of sedition should be abolished; it is adequately covered by more modern offences. As such, this article endorses the recommendation of the New Zealand Law Commission that this crime be abolished. It also endorses the recommendation of the Australian Law Reform Commission that the concept of sedition be dropped from the federal statute book. This article is divided into two parts. Part 1 considered the law of sedition up to 1792 (Abolishing the Crime of Sedition: Part 1 (2008) 82 ALJ 543). This part looks from that date onwards, as well as presenting the argument for abolishing this offence.

  • BOOK REVIEWS
  • Appealing to the Future: Michael Kirby and his Legacy by Ian Freckelton and Hugh Selby
        p.486                                                                                      +cite    
  • Rediscovering Rhetoric: Law, Language and the Practice of Persuasion by Justin Gleeson SC and Ruth Higgins
        p.491                                                                                      +cite    
  • The Law of Intervening Causation by Douglas Hodgson
        p.497                                                                                      +cite