South Australia’s Royal Commission provides ‘blue print’ to challenge Basin Plan

BY ADAM WEBSTER

At the end of April, the South Australian Royal Commission into the Murray-Darling Basin released its second issues paper. The issues paper focuses on the legal construction of the Water Act 2007 (Cth) and calls into … Read the rest

Fairness and Efficiency in the Migration ‘Fast Track’ Process

BY MARIA O’SULLIVAN

Case law dealing with migration has been highly influential in the development of administrative law in Australia, particularly in relation to procedural fairness. The High Court has developed a robust set of procedural fairness principles in the … Read the rest

Burns v Corbett: Courts, tribunals, and a new implied limit on state legislative power

BY STEPHEN MCDONALD

In Burns v Corbett, the High Court unanimously held that State tribunals that are not State courts cannot exercise judicial power with respect to any of the classes of matters listed in ss 75 and 76 … Read the rest

Two questions about the powers of anti-corruption commissions

BY GRANT HOOLE

On the 28th of February 2018, little more than two weeks before South Australian voters went to the polls to elect a new Liberal government, the state’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption released a blistering report on … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup May 2018

Welcome to the May 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.

Symposium:

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Robo-Debt Illegality: A Failure of Rule of Law Protections?

BY TERRY CARNEY

Robo-debts lack any legal foundation

Nearly two years after social security’s popularly-called ‘robo-debts’ began to be raised without any adequate proofs, Australia’s much vaunted justice machinery has failed to expose the emperor’s lack of (legal) clothes.

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What is Administrative Law About? Power, Rights, and Judicial Culture in Australia

BY JOE MCINTYRE

Administrative Law has always exposed difficult constitutional fault lines. As the role of the State expanded, courts improvised responses to affect a broadly effective system of legal accountability for executive action. This evolution has, however, left a … Read the rest

Australia’s First Treaty

BY HARRY HOBBS AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

Last month, the Victorian government introduced a bill into Parliament that would create a legislative basis for negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal people in the state. The bill would establish an Aboriginal representative body … Read the rest

Does the ‘Serious Overseas Criminal Matters’ scheme have serious legal issues?

BY AMANDA SAPIENZA

According to a recent front-page news story (The Australian, Tuesday 13 March 2018), the Serious Overseas Criminal Matters scheme (‘SOCM scheme’) has helped to pay for legal assistance for Peter Scully, Cassie Sainsbury, Schapelle Corby, David Hicks, … Read the rest

Resolving some ‘anomalies’ and ‘snares’ in judicial review: Probuild Constructions

BY JANINA BOUGHEY

In 1958 Kenneth Culp Davis said of the common law principles of judicial review of administrative action:

An imaginary system cunningly planned for the evil purpose of thwarting justice and maximising fruitless litigation would copy the major

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