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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 399


Senator BARNETT (10:51 AM) —I move:

   That the following matter be referred to the Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee for inquiry and report by 25 June 2009:

   Australia’s judicial system and the role of judges, with particular reference to:

(a)   the procedure for appointment and method of termination;

(b)   the term of appointment, including the desirability of a compulsory retirement age, and the merit of full-time, part-time or other arrangements;

(c)   appropriate qualifications;

(d)   jurisdictional issues;

(e)   the cost of delivering justice;

(f)   the timeliness of judicial decisions;

(g)   the judicial complaints handling system;

(h)   the interface between the federal and state judicial system; and

(i)   other matters relating and incidental thereto.