[extract] Some eight years later, it would appear that similar calls for reexamination and change [to those in Canada] are being heard throughout Australia. At the High Court level, some have argued that more consultation between the states and the Commonwealth is required. More generally, some have argued that the actual selection procedures for judges throughout Australia should be less secretive and subject to public scrutiny. Still others have argued that appointments should do more to reflect the diverse nature of the Australian population and that once appointed, judges should undertake judicial training to ensure that they understand and are sensitive to this diversity.

The purpose of this paper is to summarise the main findings of my 1990 Ontario Law Reform Commission research and to determine what reform recommendations and findings, if any, are applicable and useful within the present Australian debate on judicial reform.