Month: September 2015

Senate Electoral Reform


‘Yet each man kills the thing he loves.’ The new Special Minister of State, Mal Brough, would appear at this point to have confirmed Oscar Wilde’s observation by his early musings on the need for reform of … Read the rest

The Human Rights ‘History Wars’

Ben Golder photoBY BEN GOLDER

‘The historiography of human rights is currently in great ferment,’ one of its key protagonists recently suggested. ‘Scarcely a decade ago,’ the Harvard historian and law professor, Samuel Moyn, observed, ‘the field did not exist at … Read the rest

Proposed repeal of s 487 of the EPBC Act: the end of litigation by environmental groups?

Andrew Edgar photoBY ANDREW EDGAR

As has been widely reported in recent weeks, in the wake of the successful Federal Court challenge to the Commonwealth government’s approval of the Adani Coal mine, the Government is proposing the repeal of s 487 of … Read the rest

Apprehended bias: a public critique of the fair-minded lay observer

Anna Olijnyk


The controversy surrounding Royal Commissioner Dyson Heydon AC QC has exposed the rule against apprehended bias to public scrutiny. And the public was not wholly impressed by what it saw.

Public lawyers should care about this: the … Read the rest


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