Month: May 2018

Re Gallagher: Inconsistency, Imperatives and Irremediable Impediments

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The High Court’s judgment in Re Gallagher caused four Members of Parliament to resign and provoked further debate about the amendment of s 44 of the Constitution.  This culminated in a report by the Joint Standing Committee … Read the rest

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


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


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


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


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.

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