BY HARRY HOBBS AND GEORGE WILLIAMS
Last month, the Victorian government introduced a bill into Parliament that would create a legislative basis for negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal people in the state. The bill would establish an Aboriginal representative body … Read the rest
BY AMANDA SAPIENZA
According to a recent front-page news story (The Australian, Tuesday 13 March 2018), the Serious Overseas Criminal Matters scheme (‘SOCM scheme’) has helped to pay for legal assistance for Peter Scully, Cassie Sainsbury, Schapelle Corby, David Hicks, … Read the rest
BY JANINA BOUGHEY
In 1958 Kenneth Culp Davis said of the common law principles of judicial review of administrative action:
An imaginary system cunningly planned for the evil purpose of thwarting justice and maximising fruitless litigation would copy the major
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BY JUSTIN GLEESON SC
This post is a keynote paper that was delivered by Justin Gleeson SC at the 2018 Constitutional Law Conference in Sydney. Noting that other papers at the conference covered individual cases from 2017, Mr Gleeson … Read the rest
Welcome to the April edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. A big thank you to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law’s social justice intern, Maximus Jones, for compiling this roundup.
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BY TONY BLACKSHIELD
Section 44 of the Constitution – which provides that various categories of persons are incapable of being chosen to sit in the federal Parliament – has been the subject of extraordinary controversy since 2017. In this post, … Read the rest
BY LAEL K WEIS
A striking feature of current debates about constitutional reform in Australia is the evident interest in exploring legislative alternatives to formal amendment. Although this may be explained by the historically low success rate of referendums, the … Read the rest
BY CAROLYN EVANS
Back in 2008, the then Government commissioned Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer Father Frank Brennan to chair a National Human Rights Consultation.
At the time, there was no consensus among the groups consulted about the … Read the rest
BY ARTHUR MARUSEVICH
On 15 November 2017, when the High Court sitting as the Court of Disputed Returns handed down its decision in Re Nash [No 2]  HCA 52, it became clear that the 2016 general election was … Read the rest
Welcome to the March edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup.
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