Managing emerging infectious diseases: Is a federal system an impediment to effective laws? Academic Article uri icon


  • In the 1980's and 1990's HIV/AIDS was the emerging infectious disease. In 2003-2004 we saw the emergence of SARS, Avian influenza and Anthrax in a man made form used for bioterrorism. Emergency powers legislation in Australia is a patchwork of Commonwealth quarantine laws and State and Territory based emergency powers in public health legislation. It is time for a review of such legislation and time for consideration of the efficacy of such legislation from a country wide perspective in an age when we have to consider the possibility of mass outbreaks of communicable diseases which ignore jurisdictional boundaries.

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  • 2004