Law Reform

There have been several discussion papers and reports recommending reform in the area of the law of standing. In 1996 the Australian Law Reform Commission recommended that a broad, single test for standing be introduced. It was thought that ‘a single test which is sufficiently versatile to provide reasonable guidance on standing would be preferable to the current medley of similar but not identical tests’. The Commission also recommended that the ‘special interest’ requirement be removed. It was of the opinion that the test is too narrow, uncertain, complicated, inconsistent and involves making value judgments as to what interests will be recognized. To date no reform has been undertaken.

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