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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 84, Number 8, August 2010
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  • CURRENT ISSUES – Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • New agreement between New South Wales and Singapore Supreme Courts on questions of foreign law
        p.511                                                                                      +cite    
  • International Academy of Estate and Trust Law Conference
        p.511                                                                                      +cite    
  • Forged mortgages
        p.512                                                                                      +cite    
  • Company schemes of arrangement
        p.513                                                                                      +cite    
  • Secession from the Commonwealth
        p.514                                                                                      +cite    
  • Jurors and police
        p.514                                                                                      +cite    
  • Noise and the courts
        p.514                                                                                      +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY – Editor: Peter Butt
  • Mortgagee’s sale to “insider” set aside
        p.516                                                                                      +cite    
  • Mortgagee’s duty on sale: Sale at less than market value
        p.517                                                                                      +cite    
  • Forged “all moneys” mortgages: Again
        p.517                                                                                      +cite    
  • Relief against forfeiture of an easement
        p.519                                                                                      +cite    
  • Liability of strata corporation
        p.521                                                                                      +cite    
  • When does a tenant “part with possession” in breach of the lease?
        p.522                                                                                      +cite    

  • FAMILY LAW – Editor: Anthony Dickey QC
  • Non-disclosure of financial circumstances in financial agreements
        p.525                                                                                      +cite    
  • Section 90E and provision for uncertain future maintenance payments
        p.526                                                                                      +cite    
  • Superannuation splitting and self-managed superannuation funds
        p.527                                                                                      +cite    

  • RECENT CASES – Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Is there a contract?
        p.528                                                                                      +cite    
  • Hastings Bass principle
        p.528                                                                                      +cite    
  • Statutory construction: What is a religion? – Non publication orders
        p.529                                                                                      +cite    
  • Protection of tendered documents from public disclosure
        p.529                                                                                      +cite    
  • Racial discrimination?
        p.530                                                                                      +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • AUSTRALIA JOINS THE HAGUE SERVICE CONVENTION
        Gina Elliott and David Hughes
        p.532                                                                                      +cite        
        The Hague Service Convention will come into force for Australia on 1 November 2010. The Convention presently has 61 states parties, and is the most important multilateral convention in the field of transnational services of process. This article sets out the main features of the Convention, including when it applies, the manner in which the Convention will interact with Australian law, and the methods provided by the Convention for the transmission of documents for service abroad. The article also discusses foreign case law that has developed in connection with key issues that arise under the Convention.
  • SPECIAL HEARINGS UNDER THE CRIMES ACT: A POTENTIALLY MISCONCEIVED ADVENTURE
        Rashelle L Seiden and Siddharth Chandrasekaran
        p.553                                                                                      +cite        
        In circumstances where an accused is unfit to stand trial, Div 6 of Pt IB of the Crimes Act 1914 (Cth) strikes a balance between the rights of the accused to have criminal proceedings against him or her determined and the rights of the community to see justice done, by instituting a “special hearing”. The hurdles arising from the incapacity of the accused may be insurmountable and the “special hearing” may be unable to overcome the inability of the accused to participate in a proceeding in which his or her liberty is at stake. Consequently, whether this procedure is an exercise of “judicial power” and thereby capable of authorising punitive detention is, in light of the authorities, open to question.
  • FROM MOTLEY PATCHWORK TO SECURITY BLANKET: THE CHALLENGE OF NATIONAL UNIFORMITY IN AUSTRALIAN “SECURITY OF PAYMENT” LEGISLATION
        Matthew Bell and Donna Vella
        p.565                                                                                      +cite        
        The modern form of legislation designed to achieve “security of payment” within the building and construction industry was introduced into New South Wales in 1999. The primary aim was to ensure that cash flow was maintained for all participants in the contractual chain. A decade later, legislation based upon the New South Wales model is in place in all States and Territories and there is a substantial body of case law governing how the Acts work in practice. At the same time, however, significant differences in approach across jurisdictions as to key planks of the legislative platform have the potential to defeat its original intent. This article proposes, therefore, that the Australian construction industry faces a moment of decision as to the future of such legislation.