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Automated Processes and Administrative Law: The Case of Pintarich


The recent Full Federal Court decision in Pintarich v Deputy Commissioner of Taxation (‘Pintarich’) raises questions about the extent to which traditional administrative law doctrines are still fit for purpose in the digital age. In … Read the rest

Northern Rights, Southern Law: Queensland’s proposed new human rights statute


Introducing a bill to fulfil a two-year-old election pledge on a Wednesday morning, the Queensland Premier labelled it ‘the best and surest means of maintaining for us and our posterity the human rights declared by the … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup November 2018

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

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The Noongar Settlement: Two Lessons for Treaty Making in Australia


On 17 October 2018, Australia’s largest native title settlement moved a step towards implementation, when the Native Title Registrar accepted the Noongar Settlement for registration in the Native Title Register. The culmination of many years of … Read the rest

Are Victoria’s Safe-Access Zones Safe from the Constitution?


In August 2016, anti-abortion activist and mother of thirteen Kathleen Clubb approached a couple entering an abortion clinic in East Melbourne. She spoke to the couple and handed them a pamphlet, which they declined. A Magistrate would … Read the rest

Public Law Events Roundup October 2018

Welcome to the October edition of the AUSPUBLAW Australian Public Law Events Roundup. A big thank you to the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law’s social justice intern, Sam Lee, for compiling this roundup.

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Dancing with Dicey: A Century of Flexible State Constitutions


One hundred years ago this month, rumblings that the constitutional ground in Australia was about to shift underfoot were felt when the High Court handed down its decision in McCawley v R (1918) 26 CLR 9 (‘… Read the rest

The Parliament, the Court of Disputed Returns, and the Solicitor-General


In those final days of August, when we watched, once again, an Australian political party overthrow the leader who led it to its last electoral victory, serious questions were raised about the eligibility of the protagonist, Mr … Read the rest

Rotten Behaviour in the Coward’s Castle?


In Coleman v Power, Kirby J said:

One might wish for more rationality, less superficiality, diminished invective and increased logic and persuasion in political discourse. But those of that view must find another

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Dressing Dutton Up as Lamb – Section 44 and the Competing Arguments for Disqualification and Exoneration of Peter Dutton

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While the failure of Peter Dutton’s leadership challenge took some heat out of the question of his potential disqualification from Parliament, it left unresolved whether his seat has been vacated due to a breach of s 44 … Read the rest

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