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Thursday, 5 February 2009
Page: 399

Senator LUDLAM (10:51 AM) —I seek leave to move an amendment to the motion.

Leave granted.

Senator LUDLAM —I thank the Senate. I move the amendment circulated in the chamber:

Omit all words after “inquiry and report”, substitute “by 17 August 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;

(i)   the ability of people to access legal representation;

(j)   the adequacy of legal aid;

(k)   measures to reduce the length and complexity of litigation;

(l)   alternative means of delivering justice;

(m)   the adequacy of funding and resource arrangements for community legal centres;

(n)   the ability of Indigenous people to access justice; and

(o)   other matters relating and incidental thereto”.

Question agreed to.

Original question, as amended, agreed to.