Category: Human rights (page 1 of 4)

Australia’s First Treaty

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

Religious Freedom: One Right Among Many

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

The Principle of Legality as a Reflection of the Constitutional Relationship between Parliament and the Courts

BY DAN WESTBURY

Australian legislatures and courts interact through the process of statutory construction. As part of this process, the principle of legality represents a subtle constraint by courts on Parliament. It is a rule of statutory interpretation that courts … Read the rest

The Past, Present and Future of Institutional Law Reform in Australia

BY THE HON MICHAEL KIRBY AC CMG

Academic lawyers in Australia have long played a vital role in the national project of law reform. They thought about it; they wrote about it; they worried about its haphazard ways; and they … Read the rest

Indigenous people in gaol: what needs to change

BY MARIA NAWAZ AND ANNA CODY

It’s been thirty years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody brought national attention to the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice process on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The shocking … Read the rest

Senator Paterson’s Same Sex Marriage Bill: Incompatible with International Human Rights

BY ANJA HILKEMEIJER

 

Two days before the release of the result of the Same Sex Marriage Survey, Liberal Senator James Paterson made public a Bill that would allow anyone who has a strong belief in ‘traditional marriage’ to refuse … Read the rest

The trajectory of structured proportionality in implied freedom of political communication cases: Brown v Tasmania

  BY SHIPRA CHORDIA

On 18 October, the High Court handed down its judgment in Brown v Tasmania [2017] HCA 43.  The plaintiffs – Dr Bob Brown and Ms Jessica Hoyt – successfully argued that certain provisions of the Workplaces Read the rest

The Right to Protest after Brown v Tasmania

BY JOHN ELDRIDGE AND TIM MATTHEWS

The common law has historically been hostile to the importance of public protest. Indeed, A V Dicey, in his seminal An Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution, was categorical … Read the rest

SZTAL: International Law and Australian Parochialism

BY DOUGLAS MCDONALD-NORMAN

 

Australia has non-refoulement obligations under article 3 of the Convention against Torture (“CAT”) and article 7 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (“ICCPR”) – that is, obligations not to return asylum seekers … Read the rest

Aliens, Executive Power, and the Rule of Law

BY SUE MILNE

The Rule of Law requires that all, including the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, are subject to the law. But what is the relevant law to which all are subject? In Plaintiff S195/2016 v Minister Read the rest

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