Emergency Powers & Pandemics: Federalism and the Management of Public Health Emergencies in Australia
University of Tasmania Law Review, Vol. 31, No. 1, pp. 37-57, 2012
24 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2013
Date Written: June 17, 2013
Under the International Health Regulations 2005 Australia is obliged to develop a domestic framework designed to equip it to respond to public health emergencies. The legislative arrangements for the declaration of a public health emergency in Australia are complex, vary across state jurisdictions and intersect with other emergency powers. The task of harmonising laws and other arrangements within a federal system poses both a challenge and opportunities for flexibility and choice. This article argues that Australia’s current multi-strand and multi-level response provides a coordinated framework which also accommodates desirable levels of flexibility and choice.
Keywords: pandemic planning, public health emergencies, international health regulations, emergency powers, federalism
JEL Classification: K10, K30
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