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Book Forum: The Hon Robert French AC

The Hon Robert French AC provides the second post in our book forum on Dylan Lino’s Constitutional Recognition: First Peoples and the Australian Settler State.? To see all posts please click here. Click through for a post Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup August 2019

Welcome to the August edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup.

Before we get to the events roundup, we would like to draw your attention to the following opportunities:

Call for Papers: The Fourth Biennial Public Law Conference,

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Public Law Events Roundup June 2019

Welcome to the June edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup.

Remember, if you have an AUSPUBLAW opportunity, conference or significant public lecture that you would like included in this roundup, please contact us at

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Public Law Events Roundup March 2019

Welcome to the March edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. A big thankyou to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law’s social justice intern, Rosie Short, for compiling this roundup.

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What is Administrative Law About? Power, Rights, and Judicial Culture in Australia


Administrative Law has always exposed difficult constitutional fault lines. As the role of the State expanded, courts improvised responses to affect a broadly effective system of legal accountability for executive action. This evolution has, however, left a … Read the rest

Looking forward, looking back: Native Title in 2017 and 2018


As the 2018 legal year kicks off, one inevitably begins to reflect upon the year that was, and the year that will be. As this post will demonstrate, 2017 was a particularly significant year for native title … Read the rest

‘For Your Private Consideration’: Secret Documents and the Public Meaning of the Constitution


It is requisite that [a] resolution be notified to the people who are to obey it. … [I]t is incumbent on the promulgators to do it in the most public and perspicuous manner; not like Caligula, who

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Council Amalgamations in NSW: A Study in How Not to Tackle Hard Policy


On 27 July 2017, after an 18-month long battle fought on various fronts, including through the courts, the NSW Premier, the Hon Gladys Berejiklian, announced that the government would not proceed with all remaining proposed amalgamations of … Read the rest

Mistake to consolidate Premier and Attorney-General portfolios


Last week’s Cabinet reshuffle in Tasmania might have passed by mainland Australians. It was one made in clearly ‘challenging circumstances‘ for the Government; with one Cabinet Minister quitting politics for family reasons and the other … Read the rest

Section 44, Interpretation and Changing the Law


In the Engineer’s case, Higgins J stated:

‘The question [of constitutional interpretation] is, what does the language mean; and when we find what the language means, in its ordinary and natural sense, it is our duty to

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