The Courier-Mail

De­lay in pick­ing next chief jus­tice smacks of in­de­ci­sion or dis­sent


JUDGES, de­spite all the ev­i­dence and mas­sive re­sources at their dis­posal, for some pre­cious rea­son take months, if not years, to make a sin­gle de­ci­sion, which means or­di­nary peo­ple’s lives are put on hold.

So why now is At­tor­neyGen­eral Yvette D’Ath tak­ing as long as her judges to make a de­ci­sion on the next chief jus­tice ( C-M, Sep 2)?

How hard is it to con­sult with the five or so in­ter­est groups that she claims she needs to? In an ef­fi­cient busi­ness you could meet with all groups within a week or two and ar­rive at a de­ci­sion.

I can only con­clude that ei­ther she is in­ca­pable of mak­ing a de­ci­sion, there is in­ter­nal dis­agree­ment in gov­ern­ment about who to ap­point, or she is wait­ing for an opportune time to an­nounce a con­tentious ap­point­ment. IT IS un­der­stand­able that time-poor par­ents pre­fer to pay a fundrais­ing levy to volunteeri­ng at the school fete ( C-M, Sep 4). How­ever, ow­ing to the con­cept of value-adding, fetes prob­a­bly bring in more than money. Some­one do­nates the flour, eggs and other in­gre­di­ents; some­one else bakes the cake; another per­son sets up the stall in which to sell it; and fi­nally some­one buys it. This ef­fort reaches a wider mar­ket, not just the par­ents. This can­not be repli­cated by a levy. A fete brings peo­ple to­gether and ben­e­fits the school and lo­cal com­mu­nity, not only in the mon­e­tary sense.

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