Despite some obvious similarities with,and the adoption of the mantras of, English contract law, Australia's law no longer marches in tandem with England's.There are three reasons for this.These are first, the effects of the relatively recent abolition of the Privy Council as Australia's ultimate court of appeal; secondly, Australian law's continuing fidelity to Equity despite England's amnesia; and thirdly, the distinctive role statute has in setting commercial standards.

The presentation will consider both the interaction of these forces against the backdrop of the UNIDROIT Principles, the Restatement of Contracts, Second and the CISG, and the character they give to contract law in Australia.