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Local Goverment New Zealand (LGNZ) commissioned this paper which takes a high-level look at the interrelationships between the Local Government Act 2002 (LGA), the Resource Management Act 1991 (RMA) and the Land Transport Management Act 2003 (LTMA). It comments on the coherence of the statutory...
This report reviews Australia's freedom of information laws and the extent to which they provide an effective framework for access to government information.
Summary of findings
The Review finds that the reforms have been operating as intended and have been generally well-received....
This report reviews the appropriateness and effectiveness of Australia's national security legislation, focusing on the legal definition of terrorism and on controversial powers such as control orders, preventative detention and coercive questioning.
This report evaluates the operation, effectiveness and implications of key Commonwealth, state and territory counter-terrorism laws.
At a Special Meeting on counterterrorism on 27 September 2005, Council of Australian Governments (COAG) reached agreement that “it was appropriate for newly introduced counterterrorism laws to be...
This article presents statistical information about the High Court’s decision making for 2011 at both an institutional and individual level, with an emphasis on constitutional cases as a subset of the total.
The authors emphasise the importance of acknowledging the limitations that inhere in...
The report provides a detailed examination of Australia's judicial review system, which is an important avenue of appeal for those affected by government decision making, and makes a number of recommendations aimed at improving its accessibility and efficiency.
The Administrative Review Council has examined...
This paper provides a list of key events, policy and legislative changes that have occurred in Australia between 1985 and September 2012. Events are listed by jurisdiction, at the national and state/territory level.
All events added in the last six months are highlighted in...
The independent Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Local Government was appointed in August 2011 by the Australian Government.
The Panel was tasked with consulting the community on whether Australia's Constitution should be changed to include local government.
The Panel consulted...
This paper assesses the use of Commonwealth counter-terrorism laws, with regards to Australia's human rights obligations, counter‑terrorism obligations and international security obligations.
Governance – the manner in which something is governed or influenced (Oxford English Dictionary) – is about how society organises itself to achieve its goals. Governments play a major role, but many people and organisations outside government are involved. Natural resource management (NRM)...