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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