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The UK’s Independent Reviewer of Terrorism: A Comparative Retrospective


At the end of February 2017, David Anderson QC will step down from the position of Independent Reviewer of Terrorism Legislation in the UK after six years in the job. It is not yet known who will … Read the rest

Ceremony matters: The lasting significance of the swearing-in ceremony of Chief Justice Susan Kiefel


Monday, 30 January 2017 was an historic day. At 10:15am Susan Kiefel was sworn-in as Chief Justice of the High Court, the first woman to hold the office since the Court’s creation in 1903.

With the notable … Read the rest

‘Incapable of being chosen’


At the federal election on 2 July, Rod Culleton was among the more attractive candidates for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation – cheerfully free from any sign of cultural and ethnic prejudice, and given to enjoyably flamboyant flourishes … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup February 2017

Welcome to the February edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. This is the first Events Roundup for 2017.

Remember, if you have an AUSPUBLAW opportunity, conference or significant public lecture, being held any where around Australia or … Read the rest

Committees in Dialogue: Parliamentary Scrutiny of the High Risk Terrorist Offenders Bill


The Criminal Code Amendment (High Risk Terrorist Offenders) Bill 2016 (Cth) (the Bill) provides for the continued detention of terrorist offenders in prison, after their sentences have been served, where the offender poses an unacceptable risk to … Read the rest

Chief Justice French on Non-Statutory Executive Power: A Timely Reflection

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As the retirement of Chief Justice Robert French from the High Court draws closer, there will be many occasions for reflecting on his legacy. The focus of this post is on an area in which he perhaps … Read the rest

To save democracy, reform it




The US election just passed has made many people wonder about the merits of democracy. If an election can still be won using the dark rhetorics of earlier, troubled times in Western history, … Read the rest

The Brandis-Gleeson affair – what does “consultation” mean?

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The recent dispute between the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Senator George Brandis QC, and the Commonwealth Solicitor-General, Justin Gleeson SC, related to the Legal Services Amendment (Solicitor-General Opinions) Direction 2016. The amendment required referral of legal issues to … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup December 2016

Welcome to the December edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. This will be the last roundup for 2016; the roundup will recommence in February next year.

Before we get to the roundup, we would like to once … Read the rest

Chief Justice Susan Kiefel and the politics of judicial diversity


Australian women waited over eighty years for the first woman to sit on the bench of the High Court of Australia. Now, three decades later a particularly resilient glass ceiling has been shattered with the announcement that … Read the rest

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