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  Australian Law Journal   (Australia)
  Volume 83, Number 1, January 2009
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  • CURRENT ISSUES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Happy New Year
        p.7                                                                                          +cite    
  • Finding the trees, but not appreciating the wood
        p.7                                                                                          +cite    
  • Federalism
        p.8                                                                                          +cite    
  • The sky is falling in
        p.8                                                                                          +cite    
  • Managing courtroom communication
        p.9                                                                                          +cite    
  • Regulation of the legal profession
        p.9                                                                                          +cite    
  • Death of Australia's oldest lawyer
        p.10                                                                                        +cite    
  • Shams and deeds
        p.10                                                                                        +cite    

  • CONVEYANCING AND PROPERTY — Editor: Peter Butt
  • How extensive is an "all moneys" clause under a mortgage?
        p.11                                                                                        +cite    
  • What is an option to renew?
        p.14                                                                                        +cite    
  • Unencumbered fee simple
        p.15                                                                                        +cite    

  • FAMILY LAW — Editor: Anthony Dickey QC
  • Is the current law on summary dismissal appropriate for the Family Court?
        p.17                                                                                        +cite    
  • The scope of "instrument" in s 106B
        p.17                                                                                        +cite    
  • Full Court on the interpretation of s 90AE
        p.18                                                                                        +cite    

  • PEOPLE IN THE LAW — Editor: Geoff Lindsay SC
  • Bar Council elections: 2008 (NSW)
        p.20                                                                                        +cite    
  • Appointment of Senior Counsel (NSW)
        p.20                                                                                        +cite    
  • Justice Robert Macfarlan (NSW)
        p.20                                                                                        +cite    
  • Justice David Porter (Tas)
        p.21                                                                                        +cite    
  • Bar Council office bearers for 2008/2009 (Vic)
        p.21                                                                                        +cite    

  • OVERSEAS LAW — Ross Buckley
  • Punitive damages and the Exxon Valdez
        p.23                                                                                        +cite    

  • RECENT CASES — Editor: Mr Justice P W Young AO
  • Torrens system: Severance of joint tenancy
        p.27                                                                                        +cite    
  • Churches: Rating
        p.27                                                                                        +cite    
  • Trust deed: No challenge clauses
        p.27                                                                                        +cite    
  • Partnership: Opportunity arising after dissolution
        p.28                                                                                        +cite    
  • Who is a convicted prisoner?
        p.28                                                                                        +cite    
  • Bailment: Photocopiers in shops for customer use
        p.29                                                                                        +cite    
  • Proprietary estoppel: Developer prejudiced by owner reneging
        p.29                                                                                        +cite    

  • ARTICLES
  • IS LEGAL HISTORY NOW ANCIENT HISTORY?
        Justice Michael Kirby, AC CMG
        p.31                                                                                        +cite        
        Until 40 years ago legal history was a core subject of all Australian law schools and treated as essential for the preparation of a professional lawyer. Suddenly this changed. In only two or three of Australia's 31 law schools is the separate study of legal history now compulsory. A similar change has happened in the United States but not in Canada. Criticism of the way the discipline was formerly taught and its neglect of the Australian dimension are acknowledged. The author asks whether the change matters and recounts the arguments suggesting that it does not. He then explains why it does matter and especially in understanding of the fundamental features of constitutional and public law. He refers to recent cases and concludes that a revamped, new and shorter course of legal history should be restored in Australia. In an age of infotainment and collective ignorance about the past, Australian lawyers need to remember the aphorism that those who do not learn their history are bound to repeat its mistakes.
  • CROSS-BORDER INSOLVENCY: CO-OPERATION OR CONFLICT?
        Hon J J Spigelman, AC
        p.44                                                                                        +cite        
        Globalisation has increased the significance of cross border insolvency issues requiring co-operation between judiciaries in different jurisdictions. Adoption by Australia of the UNCITRAL Model Law establishes a framework for such co-operation. As few nations in Asia have adopted the Model Law, additional measures are required.
  • EARLY INTERACTIONS BETWEEN INDIGENOUS PEOPLE AND SETTLERS IN AUSTRALIA'S FIRST CRIMINAL COURT
        Brent Salter
        p.56                                                                                        +cite        
        Amongst the thousands of cases that were tried in the New South Wales Court of Criminal Jurisdiction between 1788-1824, Australia's first criminal court, only a handful involved settler-indigenous violence. In this article the author argues that in the few instances such matters were tried, a settler authority clearly prevailed. The treatment of indigenous people "within" the colonial courts was often disguised behind the legitimacy of a framework of rudimentary prisoner defences (in particular self-defence and provocation) and restrictions on the admissibility of Aboriginal testimonies.

  • OBITUARY
  • Dennis John Rose AM, QC
        p.63                                                                                        +cite