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LEGAL AND CONSTITUTIONAL AFFAIRS—STANDING COMMITTEE—REFERENCE

Senator Barnett, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved business of the Senate notice of motion no. 1—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.

Senator Ludlam, by leave, moved the following amendment:

 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—That the amendment be agreed to—put and passed.

Main question, as amended, put and passed.