The Demos in a Pandemic – Staging Elections during a Health Emergency

BY GRAEME ORR

On Saturday 28 March, Queensland held its four-yearly local government elections. Ten days before, its Parliament had adjourned. It is up to the executive whether or when it will sit in the next six months. On that … Read the rest

Climate change and human rights under the Australian Charters

BY KENT BLORE

Late last year, the Dutch case of Urgenda made international headlines when the Dutch Supreme Court found its government in breach of the rights to life and privacy for failing to scale up its emissions reductions targets … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup April 2020

Welcome to the April edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. The events in this roundup were compiled in late March. Due to the evolving nature of responses to COVID-19, some of the below events may have been … Read the rest

Law-making in a crisis: Commonwealth and NSW coronavirus regulations

BY ANDREW EDGAR

In a disturbingly short period of time the coronavirus crisis has disrupted most aspects of Australian life – the economy, social and cultural activities, education, and transport. It is now also becoming clear that it is affecting … Read the rest

Dr Yunupingu’s claim for native title compensation – the Constitutional path not yet trodden

BY WILLIAM ISDALE

Late last year, Dr Galarrwuy Yunupingu made news when he announced his intention to make a compensation claim in relation to Commonwealth grants of mining interests in the Gove Peninsula in the 1960s. The claim was lodged … Read the rest

The Rightful Place of First Nations: Love & Thoms

BY EDDIE SYNOT

This is the first of two posts AUSPUBLAW is featuring on the High Court’s Love and Thoms decision. Elisa Arcioni and Rayner Thwaites’  accompanying post is here.

The High Court recently delivered its highly anticipated decision … Read the rest

Aboriginal Australians not vulnerable to deportation

BY ELISA ARCIONI AND RAYNER THWAITES

This is the second of two posts AUSPUBLAW is featuring on the High Court’s Love and Thoms decision. Eddie Synot’s accompanying post is here.

Introduction

On Tuesday 11 February 2020, the High Court … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup March 2020

Welcome to the March edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. Please note that due to the evolving nature of responses to coronavirus, some of the below events may have been cancelled, postponed or otherwise amended. Please consult Read the rest

Extreme Examples in Constitutional Law

BY JACK MAXWELL

‘The spectre was raised in argument of a Government seeking to rule without Parliament or, at the least, dispense with its sitting for very lengthy periods. … We do not believe that it is helpful to consider

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