Creating new states from Australia’s existing states

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BY ANNA RIENSTRA AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

Should Australia have more states? This question has recently resurfaced in Queensland, where last week Robert Katter of Katter’s Australia Party unsuccessfully moved a motion in the Parliament to create a new state in … Read the rest

When is finality trumped? Kirk and the principle of finality

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BY SARAH-JANE MORRIS

The High Court of Australia has repeatedly stated that it is a ‘central and pervading tenet of the judicial system’ that ‘controversies, once resolved, are not to be reopened except in a few, narrowly defined, circumstances’, such … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup September 2016

Welcome to the September edition of the AUSPUBLAW, the Australian Public Law Events Roundup. A big shout out thank you to our Gilbert + Tobin of Public Law Centre intern, Andrew Roberts, and our HDR editor, Lynsey Blayden, for compiling … Read the rest

Void or Vacant? The Vibes of Vardon

BlackshieldBY TONY BLACKSHIELD

In the wake of the recent federal election, the final date for return of the writs was Monday 8 August; and despite the absence of the Governor-General (at the Olympic Games), that deadline was met. (In his … Read the rest

Marriage Equality/Inequality, Religion and the Constitution

Luke Beck

BY LUKE BECK

The debate on marriage equality looks like stepping up a gear with the re-elected Turnbull Government reaffirming its intention to hold a plebiscite on the issue. As the as-yet-unconfirmed date for the plebiscite approaches, we can expect … Read the rest

The Dangers of Sunsets in National Security

Jessie-Nic photo BY JESSIE BLACKBOURN AND NICOLA MCGARRITY

The Independent National Security Legislation Monitor (the Monitor), Roger Gyles QC, is currently undertaking a review into the coercive questioning and detention powers of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO). These powers are subject … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup August 2016

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

In addition to our public law events roundup, we would like to draw your attention to a number of exciting AUSPUBLAW opportunities that are currently available:

  • ARC
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Country Guidance Decisions in the UK and Australia

CD004_emailBY DOUGLAS MCDONALD

In the United Kingdom, the Immigration and Asylum Chamber of the United Kingdom Upper Tribunal (UKUT) produces ‘country guidance’ decisions on contemporary conditions in other nations for the purposes of determining refugee status. These decisions govern government … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup July 2016

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

In addition to our public law events roundup, we would like to draw your attention to two essay competitions that are currently running:

  • The Sir Anthony Mason
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Craig Thomson and the Limits of Parliamentary Accountability for Misconduct

Screen Shot 2015-08-06 at 11.08.33 amBY ALYSIA BLACKHAM AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

In March 2016, in what might have been the final stage of the ongoing Craig Thomson saga, the federal Parliament reprimanded Thomson after finding him in contempt for deliberately misleading Parliament. At a time … Read the rest

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