The Brandis-Gleeson affair – what does “consultation” mean?

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By ANDREW EDGAR

The recent dispute between the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis QC, and the Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson SC, related to the Legal Services Amendment (Solicitor-General Opinions) Direction 2016. The amendment required referral of legal issues to … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup December 2016

Welcome to the December edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. This will be the last roundup for 2016; the roundup will recommence in February next year.

Before we get to the roundup, we would like to once … Read the rest

Chief Justice Susan Kiefel and the politics of judicial diversity

kmclouglinBY KCASEY MCLOUGHLIN

Australian women waited over eighty years for the first woman to sit on the bench of the High Court of Australia. Now, three decades later a particularly resilient glass ceiling has been shattered with the announcement that … Read the rest

Another Day in Court: The purpose and interpretation of section 44(v)

oscar-roos BY OSCAR ROOS

Today the High Court will sit as the Court of Disputed Returns and hold a directions hearing in relation to the former South Australian senator, Bob Day. The directions hearing will be held because on 7 November … Read the rest

Racial vilification – experiences from the frontline

A Cody and M NawazBY ANNA CODY AND MARIA NAWAZ

The long-running debate over whether section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act) should be repealed or amended seems set to continue. The government has asked the Parliamentary Joint Committee on … Read the rest

Australian democracy could be improved by breathing new life into an ancient tradition

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BY DANIEL REYNOLDS & GEORGE WILLIAMS

Over the past two decades, the idea of petitioning the Australian Parliament has been quietly heading towards extinction. A petition is a document signed by members of the public that requests Parliament to undertake … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup November 2016

Welcome to the November edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup.

Before we get to the roundup, we would like to draw your attention to the Holt Prize, an excellent opportunity for early career academics. The Prize is … Read the rest

The Principle of Legality and Section 32(1) of the Charter: Same Same or Different?

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BY BRUCE CHEN

The principle of legality and s 32(1) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) (‘Charter’) are both directed at the interpretation of legislation with, broadly speaking, similar objectives directed at the protection of … Read the rest

Australia’s South Sea Islanders – still paying for the law’s failure

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BY PETER PRINCE

‘[I]f you have hundreds of years of racial discrimination, it’s likely that the vestiges of that discrimination linger on – and we should acknowledge that and own that’ – President Barack Obama

Emelda Davis of the Australian … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup October 2016

Welcome to the October edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. Remember, if you have an AUSPUBLAW opportunity, conference or significant public lecture that you would like included in this roundup, please contact us at auspublaw@unsw.edu.au.

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