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  Alternative Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 33, Number 3, 2008
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  • Articles
  • Teaching 'Indigenous peoples and the law': Whose law?
        Kirsten Anker
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        Despite many conceptual, ethical and practical challenges involved in attempting to teach indigenous law in a university, the necessary translations and mistranslations in bringing this law into a classroom context can highlight the contingency of all law and all knowledge systems, and thus challenge the state's conceptual monopoly over law.
  • Where were the tuna watchers? Lessons for Australia in litigating against Japan
        Natalie Klein
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        During Japan's recent 'scientific' whaling expedition to Antarctica, the Australian government collected evidence for possible use in international court proceedings against Japan. In the late 1990s, Australia instituted a case against Japan to address the conservation and utilisation of southern bluefin tuna. Can lessons be drawn as to whether Australia should commence litigation against Japan in relation to its whaling, and would such litigation foretell comparable results in Australia and Japan's relationship?
  • Australia's 457 Visa Scheme and the rights of migrant workers
        Michelle Bissett and Ingrid Landau
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        The 457 visa scheme, under which employers may sponsor foreign skilled workers to work temporarily in Australia, fails to realise and protect the rights of workers under basic human rights instruments. Its increased use by employers is leading to a tier of second-class workers. The authors identify a number of potential improvements to the scheme.
  • Reform Of Subclass 457 Visa Scheme: Proposal of three models
        Hitoshi Nasu
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        Since its inception in 1996, the temporary skills migration program has been playing a pivotal role in addressing skilled labour shortages in Australia. However, the current program requires regulation for skills to be properly assessed and maintained, and labour shortages identified for each industry. A solution can be found by adopting one, or a combination of three proposed regulatory mechanism models.
  • To judge is 'to sleep; perchance to dream; ay, there's the rub'
        Sarah Murray
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        This article explores the continuing dilemma posed by judges who sleep on the job. How can justice be done, as well as be seen to be done, in such unfortunate instances so as to minimise the impact on the public's confidence in the judiciary? The High Court's recent grant of special leave in the Cesan case has reawakened interest in this problematic issue.
  • 'Offences against morality': Law and male homosexual public sex in Australia
        Paul Johnson
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        In recent years, Australian states and territories have enacted significant reforms to their sexual offences provisions, removing all male homosexual offences from the criminal law and making no formal distinction for sexual orientation. However, male homosexual sex in a public place is regulated in a potentially unequal and discriminatory manner, perhaps determined by moral responses arising from long-standing social, cultural and legal prejudices.
  • Policing Disadvantage: Giving voice to those affected by the politics of law and order
        Tamara Walsh
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        The link between poverty and crime is well-established, and the expansion in recent years of police powers in some Australian jurisdictions has, predictably, impacted on those experiencing poverty and homelessness. A recent study, analysed in this article, sought the views of people living in poverty to find out why they thought disadvantaged people are more likely to be charged with criminal offences, and what might be done to address the problem.
  • Challenges To Genetic Privacy: The case of disclosure of genetic information to a patient's genetic relatives
        Tony Bogdanoski
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        There is an inherent conflict that exists between maintaining patient privacy and confidentiality while, at the same time, attempting to protect the health interests of the patient's genetic relatives. This article considers disclosure of genetic information by health practitioners to a patient's genetic relatives, and the proposed NH&MRC guidelines to facilitate this disclosure.

  • Comment
  • Globalisation, Lawyers and the State
        Gill Boehringer and Stuart Russell
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        Lawyers today both facilitate and resist the major social forces which lie behind globalisation: multi-national capital and compliant, often repressive, states. This Comment examines different forms of 'resistance lawyering' in three countries.

  • Briefs
  • Protest, Protection and Policing
        Liz Snell
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        Using the policing of APEC 2007 as a case study, the report Protest, protection and policing highlights the lack of transparency and accountability associated with the expansion of police powers in NSW and the resulting impingement on human rights. This Brief considers the report findings, particularly the impact of APEC legislation on socially and economically disadvantaged groups.
  • Child Soldiers and the International Criminal Court
        Ruth Hamnett
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        The ICC has chosen to focus on child recruiters to armed forces as the subject of its first prosecution. This Brief considers the ICC's motivation behind this decision and further asks what the international community can do to prevent the problem of child soldiers.