Month: June 2015

Commonwealth spending: From school chaplains to offshore detention

PStephsonBY PETA STEPHENSON

Last night, the House of Representatives passed ‘emergency’ retrospective legislation to authorise Commonwealth expenditure relating to the provision of offshore detention services on Nauru and Manus Island. The Bill is currently before the Senate. The legislation also … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup

This post is the first AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup from around the country. This roundup will include conferences and significant public lectures. We will also sneak in the odd international event if it is of sufficient interest to … Read the rest

High Court sharply divided in latest native title case

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BY SEAN BRENNAN AND LAUREN BUTTERLY

On 13 May 2015, we saw something unusual in the High Court: a 3:3 split. The native title case of Queensland v Congoo revealed a Court sharply divided. There was division over the use … Read the rest

Federalism Reform: Pathways and Obstacles

NAroneyBY NICHOLAS ARONEY 

The government’s Reform of the Federation White Paper process is now in full swing. With the Green Paper due soon and the White Paper possibly by the end of the year, this post offers two contributions to … Read the rest

The last word on the public interest in FOI: Australia and the United Kingdom compared

JBannisterBY JUDITH BANNISTER

Freedom of information (FOI) reform has often been slow in Australia. There was a decade (and a change of government) between Gough Whitlam’s 1972 election promise of freedom of information and the passing of the Commonwealth’s Freedom Read the rest

Judicial gender diversity in Australia – can we talk about quotas?

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BY ANDREW LYNCH

There is a distinct irony that while the current Commonwealth Attorney-General has unapologetically reclaimed complete executive discretion over federal judicial appointments, the Premier of Victoria has announced that his government will meet a 50 per cent quota … Read the rest

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Sean and GabrielleWhen we talk about public law we are referring to those laws, processes, practices, customs, mechanisms, institutions and people involved in regulating and exercising government power. Government power is exercised on behalf of the … Read the rest

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