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The philosophical ideals and political orientation of Thomas McCawley : a social democrat or a pragmatist?

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posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by Scott Guy, K Kariyawasam, B Hocking
This paper examines the philosophical and political orientation of Thomas McCawley ─ a judge of the Queensland Supreme Court and a member of the Queensland Industrial Court in the early part of the twentieth century. McCawley’s appointment to the Queensland Supreme Court has often been considered to be a controversial ‘political’ one that was made by the then State Labor Ryan Government to implement labourist political policy. His appointment was perceived to be made at the time in preference to other more senior and better qualified lawyers. Many contemporary academics have subsequently agreed with this interpretation and have regarded McCawely’s [sic] [McCawley's] appointment to the Queensland Supreme Court bench as an essentially ‘political’ one that was made to ensure consistency between the political and the judicial branches of the Queensland Government.

History

Volume

19

Issue

2

Start Page

58

End Page

101

Number of Pages

44

ISSN

1033-4505

Location

Australia

Publisher

Bond University

Language

en-aus

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

Griffith University; Queensland University of Technology;

Era Eligible

Yes

Journal

Bond law review.