Month: May 2017

Plaintiff M96A and the elusive limits of immigration detention


In Plaintiff M96A/2016 v Commonwealth, the High Court unanimously held that a mother and daughter, who were transferred from detention in Nauru to Australia to obtain medical treatment, were validly held in immigration detention during their … Read the rest

Clive Palmer and the bankruptcy ‘Star Chamber’?  The granting of powers of inquiry to courts under Ch III of the Constitution


In Palmer v Ayers, the High Court considered the congruence of powers of examination given to the Federal Court in its supervision of bankruptcy with Chapter III of the Constitution. In modern constitutional law, the separation … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup May 2017

Welcome to the May edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. We’d like to thank Nakul Bhagwat, the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law social justice intern, for his assistance in compiling this events roundup.

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