17 Austl. & N.Z. Mar. L.J. v (2003)

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The 2003 MLAANZ Journal is the second of the annual editions of the international
standard style of the Journal. The General Editor, New Zealand Editor and the whole
team and contributors have endeavoured to produce a standard that will contribute to
knowledge and debate on marine issues. I say 'marine' issues advisedly, as I have
attempted to make the subjects of contributions wider than shipping.
It is to this end this edition includes articles on the oil and gas and marine boundary
issues in the Timor Sea, the questions surrounding the difficult issue of coping with
marine infestations from ballast water and the international issues involved in the Volga
Case in ITLOS. There has been attempt to retain a balance as there are still articles and
case notes on more traditional shipping issues.
I am grateful to Jennifer Sutton, Paul David, Michael Underdown and others in New
Zealand for lifting the number of contributions relating to maritime law in and about
New Zealand. My special thanks go to Paul Myburgh for agreeing to take the position
of New Zealand Editor and editing that material. We could still do better as there are
other NZ issues that have not been aired in this edition. There are topics relating to
Australia, as well, that have not been covered. Examples include aspects relating to
refugees and 'boat people', the continuing infringements by foreign flagged and crewed
fishing vessels unlawfully fishing in the Australian EEZ and the need to have better
Australian Commonwealth government practices for handling merchant vessels that
rescue person in danger at sea. It may be that the purview of the Journal could extend to
topics relating to the Pacific Islands and Peter Heathcote, who is the Pacific Secretariat
legal adviser, has made a contribution, in this case challenging some aspects of
maritime liens and the need to improve the law and practice in that part of the shipping
industry.
I also express my general gratitude to the members of the Editorial Board, the editors
for the Case Notes and the Book Reviews and to the referees of the articles for their
assistance. The referees of the articles are not allowed to be named because of a
requirement by the Commonwealth government department about refereeing, but they
are major contributors to the production process and my sincere thanks goes out to
them. Finally, my thanks to Allanah Bigg, the administrator of the formatting of the
Journal and the many and varied business aspects relating to its printing and
distribution. The Australian and New Zealand nations need to heighten their skills in
marine law, policy and governance and if, in some small way, this Journal contributes to
that I will feel that my labour is rewarded.
Michael White
General Editor

(2003) 17 MLAANZ Journal

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