Month: February 2016

Plaintiff M68-2015 – offshore processing and the limits of Chapter III

hume_david_-_c_2_2_2BY DAVID HUME

In its first decision of 2016, Plaintiff M68-2015 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2016] HCA 1, the High Court upheld the Commonwealth’s offshore processing regime in Nauru.

The High Court upholds the two key Read the rest

Public Law Events Round-up February 2016

Welcome to the first edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup for 2016! I do apologise that this post has been a bit late in arriving in your inbox, but I’ve been busy enjoying the first few public … Read the rest

The obligations of public authorities under the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities

Maxwell photoBY JACK MAXWELL

On 4 May 2006, then Victorian Attorney-General Rob Hulls proclaimed that the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities records ‘the civil and political rights we all hold and expect government to observe.’ The Charter enshrines this expectation … Read the rest

2016: The Year of ‘Substantive’ Progress on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples?


2016 presents an opportunity for decisive progress towards substantive recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples in the Australian Constitution. Purely symbolic statutory recognition now exists in all but one of the States, and at … Read the rest


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