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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 auspublaw@unsw.edu.au.

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Book Forum on Adam Fletcher’s Australia’s Human Rights Scrutiny Regime: Democratic Masterstroke or Mere Window Dressing?

AUSPUBLAW is pleased to present another of our occasional series of book forums.

In this book forum, Andrew Byrnes, Lisa Burton Crawford and Harry Hobbs reflect on Adam Fletcher’s Australia’s Human Rights Scrutiny Regime: Democratic Masterstroke or Mere Window Read the rest “Book Forum on Adam Fletcher’s Australia’s Human Rights Scrutiny Regime: Democratic Masterstroke or Mere Window Dressing?”

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

BY JOE MCINTYRE

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

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

BY AARON MOSS

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

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

BY HENRY COOPER

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

BY LYNSEY BLAYDEN

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

Mistake to consolidate Premier and Attorney-General portfolios

BY BRENDAN GOGARTY

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 “Mistake to consolidate Premier and Attorney-General portfolios”

Section 44, Interpretation and Changing the Law

BY DAVID TAN

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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‘Anti-corruption’, water and the Basin Plan

BY BRUCE LINDSAY

Water management and decision-making is vulnerable to lobbying by powerful commercial interests, as was illustrated recently by the ABC Four Corners investigation into NSW water management. Even where such conduct cannot be categorised as corrupt in … Read the rest “‘Anti-corruption’, water and the Basin Plan”

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