Month: June 2020

Will the Heydon scandal finally produce judicial appointments reform?


This week’s shocking revelations about the complaints of sexual harassment of young female associates working for Justice Dyson Heydon in his years on the High Court have prompted many reactions. Foremost has been admiration for the bravery … Read the rest

Is it unconstitutional for the Commonwealth to gag community lawyers?


The Commonwealth Government prevents community lawyers from campaigning about systemic legal issues. This is misguided, because it hampers their efforts to tackle those problems. This post argues that it is also unconstitutional, because it violates the implied … Read the rest

Palace Letters are Commonwealth Records: A Victory for Democratic Transparency



On 29 May, the High Court handed down its decision in Hocking v Director-General of the National Archives of Australia [2020] HCA 19. In an emphatic  6:1 decision, the Court held that correspondence known as the … Read the rest

Border closures, COVID-19 and s 92 of the Constitution – what role for proportionality (if any)?

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here.Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup June 2020

Welcome to the June edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. The events in this roundup were compiled in late May. Due to the evolving nature of responses to COVID-19, some of the below events may have been … Read the rest


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