8 Austl. L. Libr. 292 (2000)
Pacific News

handle is hein.journals/auslwlib8 and id is 298 raw text is: Jacqueline Elliott
Column Coordinator
High Court of Australia
Email: jelliott@hcourt.gov.au

Since the dismissal of the government in May
2000 work has been disrupted in Fiji but the
Attorney General's Library through Mina
Shandil, the Librarian, was still able to fax
through some missing gazettes to bring the
High Court's collection up to date. These
gazettes contain the decrees of the interim
military government and include the abolition
of the Supreme Court.' Sir Gerard Brennan
and Sir Anthony Mason resigned from the
Supreme Court before its abolition.
Mr Primo Afeau triggered the idea to set up
an ALLG Pacific Twinning Scheme when he
gave a presentation at the Specials, Law and
Health Library Conference, Canberra in 1991
on the High Court of Solomon Islands
Library. He has recently been appointed
Attorney General in Honiara. In this capacity

1 Administration of Justice Decree 2000, Interim
Military Government Decree no. 5 of 2000 in
Extraordinary Fiji Government Gazette vol. 1,
Thursday 8 June 2000, no. 6.
Australian LAW LIBRARIAN 8(3)2000

Mr Afeau, with the two opposing sides from
Malaita and Guadalcanal, has been closely
involved in the talks, and in drawing up a
truce agreement at the end of July.
This group met during the ALTA 2000
Conference at the University of Canberra on 3
July. Among the papers delivered were 'The
language of property law and the construction
of property interests' by Sue Farran, and
'The principle of indefeasibility to land in
Papua New Guinea: are the courts back-
pedalling?' by John Mugambwa. Professor
Tony Angelo also gave an update on
developments in Tuvalu and Tokelau. An
interesting draft paper entitled 'On the people,
beside the people, and beyond the people:
reflections on the rule of law in Melanesia'
was distributed by Ian Fraser.
Professor Guy Powles, who has been the
convenor of the South Pacific Legal Studies
Group for a number of years, has now retired.
Jennifer Corrin Care from the University of
the South Pacific, Port Vila, is expected to
take on the convenorship.



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