Restoring Integrity To Judicial Appointments


A Shorten Labor government will restore the rigorous, transparent and accountable judicial appointments process Labor adopted when last in government, and apply a similar process to the Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for the first time.

Under the policy, first introduced by former Attorney-General Robert McClelland, vacancies will be advertised publicly, and an independent panel will form a shortlist of potential appointees for consideration by the Attorney-General.

While judicial appointments ultimately remain the prerogative of the Attorney-General and Cabinet, should an appointment be made outside of the shortlist,  Parliament must be notified with a short explanation why.

Labor will commit to a similar process for appointments to the AAT, which has been used by the Liberals to gift jobs that pay nearly $400,000 a year to former Liberal candidates, donors, staffers, and former MPs.