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Monday, 24 May 1993
Page: 1076

Senator SPINDLER —I give notice that, on the next day of sitting, I shall move:

  That the following matters be referred to the Standing Committee on Legal and Constitutional Affairs for inquiry and report on or before the last sitting day in September 1993:

  (a)the adequacy of the criteria used for the selection of judges and the need for judges to be aware of current community standards with particular reference to sexual assault cases; and

  (b)the need to provide an appropriate process of accountability for judges and an avenue of redress for members of the community who allege bias or other inappropriate behaviours of judges, without endangering the principle of the independence of the judiciary.