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Another Day in Court: The purpose and interpretation of section 44(v)

oscar-roos BY OSCAR ROOS

Today the High Court will sit as the Court of Disputed Returns and hold a directions hearing in relation to the former South Australian senator, Bob Day. The directions hearing will be held because on 7 November … Read the rest

Racial vilification – experiences from the frontline

A Cody and M NawazBY ANNA CODY AND MARIA NAWAZ

The long-running debate over whether section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (the Act) should be repealed or amended seems set to continue. The government has asked the Parliamentary Joint Committee on … Read the rest

Australian democracy could be improved by breathing new life into an ancient tradition

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BY DANIEL REYNOLDS & GEORGE WILLIAMS

Over the past two decades, the idea of petitioning the Australian Parliament has been quietly heading towards extinction. A petition is a document signed by members of the public that requests Parliament to undertake … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup November 2016

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

Before we get to the roundup, we would like to draw your attention to the Holt Prize, an excellent opportunity for early career academics. The Prize is … Read the rest

The Principle of Legality and Section 32(1) of the Charter: Same Same or Different?

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BY BRUCE CHEN

The principle of legality and s 32(1) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) (‘Charter’) are both directed at the interpretation of legislation with, broadly speaking, similar objectives directed at the protection of … Read the rest

Australia’s South Sea Islanders – still paying for the law’s failure

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BY PETER PRINCE

‘[I]f you have hundreds of years of racial discrimination, it’s likely that the vestiges of that discrimination linger on – and we should acknowledge that and own that’ – President Barack Obama

Emelda Davis of the Australian … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup October 2016

Welcome to the October 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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Creating new states from Australia’s existing states

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BY ANNA RIENSTRA AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

Should Australia have more states? This question has recently resurfaced in Queensland, where last week Robert Katter of Katter’s Australia Party unsuccessfully moved a motion in the Parliament to create a new state in … Read the rest

When is finality trumped? Kirk and the principle of finality

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BY SARAH-JANE MORRIS

The High Court of Australia has repeatedly stated that it is a ‘central and pervading tenet of the judicial system’ that ‘controversies, once resolved, are not to be reopened except in a few, narrowly defined, circumstances’, such … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup September 2016

Welcome to the September edition of the AUSPUBLAW, the Australian Public Law Events Roundup. A big shout out thank you to our Gilbert + Tobin of Public Law Centre intern, Andrew Roberts, and our HDR editor, Lynsey Blayden, for compiling … Read the rest

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