Ruddock v Roxon: The Great Legal Debate

Australian Financial Review and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW
Theatrette, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney
10:00am - 11:00am
Tue, 2004-09-21




Ruddock v Roxon: The Great Legal Debate
Date Tuesday, 21 September 2004
Venue Theatrette, NSW Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney
Webcast: The Great Legal Debate Link Below.
Dial up [231 Bytes]
Broadband [233 Bytes]
Audio Only [238 Bytes]
Speakers for this Session
The Hon Philip Ruddock MP
Ms Nicola Roxon MP


Timing for the webcast is available below
Photos By: Jim Rice/AFR
This event was organised in partnership between the Australian Financial Review and the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at UNSW. We thank The Hon Bob Debus MP, NSW Attorney-General, for hosting the debate at this venue. Full details of the week's legal news are available every Friday in The Australian Financial Review's legal affairs section.

Webcast Timings

A breakdown of the webcast, including the questions and times at which they were asked, is available below. Two minutes were allowed to answer a question, with one minute for a reply.

Professor George Williams
Opening Statement:
the Phillip Ruddock MP
Opening Statement:
Nicola Roxon MP
Question 1:
Stephen Southwood to Attorney-General
20:58 What should be the principle objectives reform of our defamation laws and why? And if it is the position that the States are not willing to confer power on the Commonwealth, can a Commonwealth Code be justified when it will merely add a 9th level of complexity?
Question 2:
Chris Merritt to Shadow Attorney-General
24:25 On outsourcing of legal services, you have said that it should be possible to reallocate tens of millions of dollars of government spending away from private law firms and towards community legal centres. You have also said you are confident that some outsourced legal work can be done more efficiently in the public sector and that your starting point on legal outsourcing is that taxpayers are not getting value for money. Does this mean that Labor would increase the number of public sector lawyers in order to take work away from private law firms? And do you believe that the decision to expose government lawyers to competition from the private sector was a mistake?
Question 3:
Dominique Hogan-Doran to Attorney-General
28:15 In 2002, your government through its Foreign Minister stated that it regards it as very important that suitably qualified and experienced individuals of both genders are elected as Judges of the International Criminal Court, because they will forge the