Media Release Australian Law Reform Commission
Tuesday 15 December 2009
Professor Rosalind Croucher appointed new ALRC President
The Attorney-General, the Hon Robert McClelland MP, today announced the appointment of the ALRC’s current serving Commissioner and acting President, Professor Rosalind Croucher, for a five-year term as President of the ALRC. Professor Croucher was appointed to the ALRC as a full-time Commissioner in February 2007 and led the Inquiry into Client Legal Privilege and Federal Investigations, producing the Report, Privilege in Perspective (ALRC 107, 2007), and the recently completed review of Commonwealth Secrecy Laws. Professor Croucher is also the ALRC Commissioner-in-charge of the Family Violence Inquiry, being conducted jointly with the New South Wales Law Reform Commission.
“I am honoured to be appointed to such a key position that bridges the policy, practice and academic worlds especially at a time when there is a strong commitment to achieving reform.” Professor Croucher said.
Professor Croucher joined the ALRC after a distinguished period of 25 years in university teaching and management, most recently as Dean of Law at Macquarie University (from 1999)—where she still holds a Chair in Law. Professor Croucher has served as Chair of the Council of Australian Law Deans (2002); Vice President (Western Pacific), International Academy of Estate and Trust Law (1998–2005); Chair of the Scientific Committee for the World Congress of Medical Law 2004 and on the Program Committee for the 8th biennial conference of the International Association of Women Judges (2006), for which she was also ‘Rapporteur’. Professor Croucher has lectured and published extensively— principally in the fields of equity, trusts, property, inheritance and legal history. She has written or edited nine books, and more than 100 other publications including book chapters, encyclopaedia entries, journal articles, case notes, book reviews and conference papers.
Professor Croucher obtained a BA (Hons) in History and an LLB from the University of Sydney; and her PhD from the University of New South Wales in the field of legal history. She was admitted as a legal practitioner in New South Wales in 1981. She was awarded an Honorary Fellowship of the Australian College of Legal Medicine in 2004 and is a Foundation Fellow of the Australian Academy of Law.
Professor Croucher paid tribute to the long line of her distinguished predecessors, from the Hon Michael Kirby, AC CMG, the first Chairman in 1975, to Emeritus Professor David Weisbrot AM, who recently completed over a decade as President. She also applauded the contribution of all the staff of the ALRC in the inquiry processes:
“Law reform reports—and really effective law reform outcomes—are achieved by a magnificent collective effort. In my three years at the ALRC I have been hugely impressed by the intelligence, commitment and professionalism of the legal officers, project assistants and all who produce the excellent reports that have made the ALRC’s work the benchmark amongst the international law reform community”.
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MANY CONGRATULATIONS TO ROS ON HER APPOINTMENT!
Expensive Royal Commissions to make way for new level of inquiry
5 February 2010 | by The New Lawyer
Costs associated with expensive Royal Commissions could be reduced by establishing another, alternative tier of public inquiry, Australia's leading law reform agency said yesterday. The new level of public inquiry would have proper investigatory powers and appropriate levels of transparency and protections for those involved.
A new report by the Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC), ‘Making Inquiries: A New Statutory Framework’, tabled in federal parliament yesterday, comes after a nine-month inquiry and makes 82 recommendations of reform.
ALRC president Professor Rosalind Croucher said the former ALRC Commissioner in charge of the Inquiry, Professor Les McCrimmon, former ALRC President, Emeritus Professor David Weisbrot, and the inquiry team should be commended for developing a suite of recommendations that balanced the competing interests expressed in the ALRC’s extensive community consultation.
Prof Croucher said the report recommends the Royal Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) be amended—and renamed the Inquiries Act—to provide for the establishment of two tiers of public inquiry—Royal Commissions and Official Inquiries—each with defined coercive and investigatory powers. “Whenever there are controversial issues that cannot be satisfactorily dealt with by the courts or the political process, there are inevitably calls for a Royal Commission, although not all such issues warrant such an elaborate inquiry," she said.
"Royal Commissions should be reserved for the highest form of inquiry dealing with matters of substantial public importance, which may warrant the abrogation of certain privileges and protections, such as the right against self-incrimination. Official inquiries would provide a more streamlined, cost-effective and flexible alternative to resolve matters of public importance, but which do not require extraordinary powers, such as those abrogating fundamental protections available to inquiry participants.”
Professor Croucher said other ALRC recommendations were directed at openness and accountability, including the publication of inquiry reports and monitoring the resulting activity. “While accepting or rejecting recommendations made by an inquiry will always be a matter for the Australian Government, it should be required to publish an update on the implementation of recommendations of an inquiry that it accepts. This should happen one year after the tabling of a final report of a Royal Commission or Official Inquiry, and periodically thereafter, to reflect any ongoing implementation activity.”
Commission Inquiry finds room for more
The Australian Law Reform Commission has called for a new tier of public enquiry to be established to provide an alternative to Royal Commissions.
Following a nine-month enquiry, the ALRC’s report Making Inquiries: A New Statutory Framework makes 82 recommendations for reform.
ALRC suggests second level probes
President of the ALRC, Professor Rosalind Croucher said a key recommendation was to amend the Commissions Act 1902 (Cth) and rename it the Inquiries Act to establish the two tiers of public inquiry - Royal Commissions and Official Inquiries, each with defined coercive and investigatory powers.
“Whenever there are controversial issues that cannot be satisfactorily dealt with by the Courts or the political process, there are inevitably calls for a Royal Commission,” Professor Croucher said, “although not all such issues warrant such an elaborate inquiry.”
“Royal Commissions should be reserved for the highest form of inquiry dealing with matters of substantial public importance, which may warrant the abrogation of certain privileges and protections, such as the right against self-incrimination.
“Official Inquiries would provide a more streamlined, cost-effective and flexible alternative to resolve matters of public importance, but which do not require extraordinary powers, such as those abrogating fundamental protections available to inquiry participants.”
She said other ALRC recommendations focused on openness and accountability including the publication of inquiry reports and monitoring resulting activities.
“While accepting or rejecting recommendations made by an inquiry will always be a matter for the Australian Government, it should be required to publish an update on the implementation of recommendations of an inquiry that it accepts,” Professor Croucher said.
Edition Number 203. Updated to Tuesday, 9 February 2010
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University of New South Wales Law Journal (Australia) Volume 32, Number 3, 2009
'An Interventionist, Paternalistic Jurisdiction?' The Place of Statutory Wills in Australian Succession Law
Rosalind F Croucher
Annual Prize Nights Each year the Faculty of Arts and the Macquarie Law School celebrate the achievements of their outstanding students with a dedicated prize ceremony.
The awards for outstanding achievements in the 2009 academic year will be presented this April in Building Y3A. The award ceremony for the Faculty of Arts will be held on Monday 12 April 2010 from 5.30pm in Building Y3A, Theatre 1. The Macquarie Law School prize night recognises achievements in all aspects of the study of law, both academic and community focused. The ceremony for Macquarie Law School will be held on Wednesday 14 April 2010 from 6.00pm in Building Y3A, Theatre 1. The special guest speaker for the evening will be Professor Rosalind Croucher, former Dean of the Law School at Macquarie and current President of the Australian Law Reform Commission.
Monday, March 22, 2010
H.E.Lt.Gen.Seretse Khama I.Khama President of the Rep.of Botswana at a Dinner hosted by Governor General of the Commonwealth of Australia,H.E.Ms.Bryce
source: Republic of Botswana (14/3/10) TAUTONA TIMES no 4 of 2010
B1) 2/3/10: SPEECH BY H.E. LT. GEN. SERETSE KHAMA IAN KHAMA PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF BOTSWANA AT A DINNER HOSTED BY GOVERNOR GENERAL OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF AUSTRALIA, H.E. MS. QUENTIN BRYCE, HELD IN CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA [see http://prgovbw.blogspot.com/2010/03/heltgenseretse-khama-ikhama-president.html for the full text]
In the evening, at Government House, Canberra, the Governor-General and Mr Michael Bryce AM AE hosted a State Dinner in honour of the President of the Republic of Botswana, His Excellency Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama. Guests included: His Excellency Mr Molosiwa Selepeng; the Honourable Phandu T.C Skelemani; Mr Newman Kahiya; Colonel Duke Masilo; Ms Daphne Kadiwa; Her Excellency the Right Honourable Baroness Valerie Amos; Dr Nick Austin; Ms Sheridan Maher; Mr Peter Baxter and Ms Lynette Wood; Professor Rosalind Croucher and Professor John Croucher; Mr Robert Delane; Deputy Commissioner Peter Drennen and Mrs Fiona Drennen; Commissioner Shane Fitzsimmons AFSM and Mrs Lisa Fitzsimmons; the Honourable Chief Justice Robert French AC; Professor Peter Fricker OAM and Mrs Robyn Fricker; Major General Steve Gower AO (Retd) and Mrs Heather Gower; Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston AC AFC and Mrs Liz Houston; Senator Gary Humphries and Mrs Cathie Humphries; the Honourable Bob McMullan MP; Mr Charles Millward and Mrs Anne Millward; Mr Lindsay Reed and Mrs Jenny Reed; Mr Bill Repard and Ms Jane Prendiville; Mr Dennis Richardson AO and Mrs Betty Richardson; Mr Stuart Robert MP; Professor Nicholas Saunders and Mrs Kath Saunders; Mr Alby Schultz MP and Mrs Gloria Schultz; His Excellency Mr Rajab M. Sukayri and Mrs Nehad Sukayri.
The inquiry will be led by ALRC President, Professor Rosalind Croucher and assisted by Australia's first Age Discrimination Commissioner, Susan Ryan.