How the Australian High Court Came to be Nauru’s Court of Appeal: A History

The decision of Nauru to bring to an end its relationship with Australia’s High Court, as the ultimate appeals authority for a limited class of cases, marks the end of a 50 year history in which Nauru made strenuous efforts to have access to the Court, only to suffer tepid and lukewarm acceptance, and delays (and on one occasion, defeat) in achieving its aim of having  access to an appeals court of sufficient stature to instil confidence in the judicial proceedings of a small, fledgling nation.

The ten year history of negotiations for an appeals court is detailed in a series of volumes held in the National Archives of Australia. This history is drawn from that rich vein of material. Continue reading “How the Australian High Court Came to be Nauru’s Court of Appeal: A History”

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Numbers of Ministerial Staff by State and Territory in 2011-12

Numbers of Ministerial staff drawn from the most recent, most authoritative source publicly available (Post updated after Queensland figures were updated in week of 8 October 2012) Continue reading “Numbers of Ministerial Staff by State and Territory in 2011-12”

The One Day of the Year

On 4 April 2012, one of the more shameful moments in the recent history of the Legislative Council took place on what should have been one of its most solemn occasions.

Nearly one third of the 16 speakers on a motion to commemorate ANZAC Day plagiarised material from easily accessible websites to pad out their contributions to the debate. Continue reading “The One Day of the Year”

The One Day of the Year: Other Speeches by The Hon. Marie Ficarra MLC

The following is a selection from speeches in the Legislative Council where The Hon. Marie Ficarra has plagiarised other sources.

In the “Tribute to Nancy Wake” debate in the Legislative Council, on 26 August, Ficarra spoke at length.

On 8 August 2011, Arthur Sinodinos, as President of the NSW Division of the Liberal Party, released a statement on the passing of Nancy Wake (who had contested three elections for the Party in the post-war era). Continue reading “The One Day of the Year: Other Speeches by The Hon. Marie Ficarra MLC”