The forests in Tasmania have divided the community for many years. Industry leaders and environmentalists have been called on for decades to find a long lasting solution and it appears that one has finally been found. Signatories including major environmental non-government organisations and forest industry bodies signed off on a compromise late last year.
The High Court of Australia has dismissed an appeal by a resident of Palm Island, Ms Joan Maloney, against her conviction for possession of alcohol in a restricted area contrary to provisions of the Liquor Act 1992 (Qld). Ms Maloney claimed that the legislative regime breached the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (‘RDA’) because it could not properly be regarding as being a ‘special measure’ for the benefit of Aboriginal peoples.
Jeff Giddings; Justice Press,* 2013; 448 pages; $20+postage/packing (paperback)
It is a good year for resources concerning Australian clinical legal education, with Jeff Giddings’ book an excellent companion to the ‘Best Practices Australian Clinical Legal Education’ report released earlier in 2013.
Clinical legal education involves students ‘learning by doing and reflecting’ via supervised legal work on behalf of real clients, or through simulated scenarios drawn from legal practice. In Promoting Justice Through Clinical Legal Education, Giddings argues:
Clinical methodologies can make a more substantial contribution to legal education as part of an integrated and effectively sequenced program than on a stand-alone basis. [p 3]
An integrated approach, says Giddings, promotes justice through legal education by providing law students with opportunities to appreciate the importance of access to justice, to develop professional ethics, take responsibility for their work, and experience the limitations of the law and legal processes.
Malala addresses UN
Malala Yousafzai’s inspirational address to the United Nations was witnessed by 1000 students from around the world. It was her sixteenth birthday and the courageous girl who was shot in the head by a Taliban sniper said, ‘Let us pick up our books and our pens. They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world. Education is the only solution. … The terrorists thought that they would change my aims and stop my ambitions but nothing changed in life, except this: weakness, fear and hopelessness died. Strength, courage and fervor was born’.
A cultural exchange hosted by the Yothu Yindi Foundation, and celebrating the cultural inheritance of the Yolngu people in North East Arnhem Land, the Garma Festival is undoubtedly a leading cultural and intellectual event in Australia, if not internationally. A superb blend of culture, ideas, economics, politics, it provides the opportunity to re-orient our thinking with a focus on Yolngu experiences and priorities. This offers the chance to put into context so many issues presently on the political and policy agenda.
The calling of an early election on 7 September has stymied the simultaneous holding of the local government referendum. But the referendum could still be held by a new government up until mid December (six months after it was passed by Parliament). If it is held, what is it all about and what factors should influence voters?
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Legal Service Bulletin, June 1984