Of Newspapers and Law Reviews

Public Law Review, 20 4: 251-256

Posted: 11 Jun 2015

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James Allan

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

I am a bill of rights sceptic. A good number of the peer reviewed law journal articles I have written in the last decade or so, plus a bunch of book chapters, have been related to the issue of bills of rights, about a couple of dozen such pieces. Since arriving in Australia four years ago, I have also written dozens and dozens of newspaper opinion pieces, many of them arguing against enacting a bill of rights. Then, in late May 2009, it was pointed out to me that in the most recent issue of the Alternative Law Journal Nicola McGarrity of the Gilbert & Tobin Public Law Centre had written a piece taking issue with my and former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr’s views. In criticising me McGarrity cites but three pieces of mine, namely one newspaper piece, a radio interview and a talk I gave at Parliament – though in the case of the last of these she appears merely to refer to the title of my talk there (a catchy one, I confess) with only a single passing quote from that talk and no analysis or refutation of the substantive claims in that talk. Meanwhile not a single one of my peer reviewed articles or book chapters is mentioned, cited or discussed.

JEL Classification: k00

Suggested Citation

Allan, James, Of Newspapers and Law Reviews (2009). Public Law Review, 20 4: 251-256. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2617070

James Allan (Contact Author)

The University of Queensland - T.C. Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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