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Business of the Senate

Notice of Motion

Notice given 3 December 2008

Senator Barnett: To 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.