In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Deputy Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, explains the appointment process for judges of the High Court of Australia. In examining the appointment process, Dr Appleby considers whether judges should also be representative of the community that their rulings affect and what [...]

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Last Friday was the offical launch of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit. Below are the opening remarks from the Unit’s director, Associate Professor Alexander Reilly. For decades the Adelaide Law School has been the home of prominent public law scholars – James Crawford and Hilary Charlesworth in public international law, John Finnis and [...]

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Members of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit met this week to discuss the High Court’s recent decision in Kuczborski v Queensland [2014] HCA 46. PLPRU Member, Anna Olijnyk, provides an overview of the case and the key issues from the case discussion. This was a challenge, on Kable grounds, to Queensland’s suite of [...]

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On The Monthly blog this week, PLPRU Director, Alex Reilly, explains some of the proposed changes to citizenship as a consequence of the Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. The following is the opening paragraph of Alex’s blog post: When the Abbott government changed the “Department of Immigration and Citizenship” to “the Department [...]

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Human Rights under the Microscope: Reflections on Parliamentary Scrutiny The Parliamentary Joint Committee on Human Rights was established in 2012 to systematically scrutinise all federal bills against 7 of the core international human rights treaties Australia has ratified.  This seminar will offer both legal and political reflections on how this process of scrutinising human rights [...]

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In The Saturday Paper this week, PLPRU Director, Alex Reilly, provided comment on the Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2014. Click here to read the article in The Saturday Paper. The PLPRU made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Australian Citizenship and Other Legislation Amendment Bill [...]

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In an article published on The Conversation, Kellie Toole, explains why Australia is right not to have grand juries. Click here to read Kellie’s article.

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The PLPRU has made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee’s Inquiry into the Migration and Maritime Powers Legislation Amendment (Resolving the Asylum Legacy Caseload) Bill 2014. Alex Reilly wrote this submission jointly with Libby Hogarth of Australian Migration Options, a migration agent company based in Adelaide. The Director, Libby Hogarth, has [...]

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In their submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee, Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Dr Judith Bannister and Ms Anna Olijnyk have opposed the abolition of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC). The Senate Committee is currently reviewing the Freedom of Information Amendment (New Arrangements) Bill 2014 (Cth). If passed, the Bill will abolish [...]

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In an article published on The Conversation, Kellie Toole, examines the question: in plea bargaining, who really gets the bargain? Click here to read Kellie’s article.

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