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Editors --- "Improving The Federal Merits Review Tribunal System" [2003] AdminRw 9; (2003) 55 Admin Review 48

Improving the federal merits review tribunal system

On 6 February 2003 the Commonwealth Attorney-General announced in a press release the Federal Government’s intention not to introduce the Administrative Review Tribunal legislation in the current parliament. The Council was pleased to read in the press release that the Attorney-General nevertheless continues to be committed to improving the federal merits review system.

The press release states that the reform process will now focus, at least in the short term, on the reform of individual tribunals and that as a starting point it is proposed to reform the Administrative Appeals Tribunal. Among the possible areas for reform foreshadowed in the release are the tribunal’s procedures, the constitutional requirements, and the use of ordinary members.

The Council is monitoring developments.

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