The Public Law and Policy Research Unit invites you to attend the following event: The expansion of secrecy in civil proceedings: Reviewing the UK experience With the enactment of the Justice and Security Act 2013, the law in the United Kingdom now provides for closed material procedures and special advocates to be used in the [...]

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Last week the Public Law and Policy Research Unit met to discuss the High Court’s decision in Williams v Commonwealth (No 2). PLPRU members Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Anna Olijnyk led a discussion of the different aspects of the decision, considering its consequences for federal spending and the breadth of the Commowealth Parliament’s corporations and [...]

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Issues surrounding Australia’s use of temporary labour migration as a means of filing shortages in the labour market have suddenly hit the media with revelations by the Fairfax media of widespread fraud in the 457 visa scheme  and news today that the government has concluded a Regional Migration Agreement to facilitate the use of semi-skilled [...]

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Last week, the University of Adelaide’s Public Law and Policy Research Unit and the Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre were very pleased to host Professor Sarah Birch from the University of Glasgow. Professor Birch is a leading international scholar in electoral integrity, and the author of Full Participation: A Comparative Study of Compulsory Voting (2009). Professor [...]

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Last week, two members of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, Adam Webster and Kellie Toole, along with A/Prof Melissa de Zwart presented at the Adelaide Law School’s Legal Studies Teachers’ Professional Development Day. The event was attended by Year 11 and 12 Legal Studies teachers from both public and independent South Australian high [...]

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As the painful United Nations climate negotiations inch along the road to Paris 2015, we are faced with two options: ethical action or a descent into self-interest, writes Peter D Burdon. I doubt I will ever forget the emotional footage that I observed from the 2013 global Climate Change Conference (COP) in Warsaw, Poland. The [...]

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In this post Anna Olijnyk examines the High Court’s recent decision in FTZK v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection.  The case involved judicial review of a migration decision made by the Administrative Appeals Tribunal.  The High Court’s reasoning subjects the decision of an administrative tribunal to a level of scrutiny more commonly applied to [...]

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On Monday 23 June, Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Dr Laura Grenfell and Ms Adele Lausberg from the University of Adelaide’s Public Law and Policy Research Unit presented at the Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law’s Workshop on Party Discipline and Parliamentary Process. The abstracts of their papers are below. Dr Gabrielle Appleby, a Senior Lecturer [...]

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The South Australian Legislative Review Committee is conducting an inquiry into the Criminal Law Consolidation (Provocation) Amendment Bill 2013 introduced by Greens MLC, Tammy Franks. The Bill seeks to amend the Criminal Law Consolidation Act 1935 (SA) so that the partial defence to provocation cannot be used to reduce a charge of murder to manslaughter [...]

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Last week, the Abbott Government released the Terms of Reference for a White Paper on Reform of the Australian Federation. The White Paper follows consideration of Australia’s federal relations by the National Commission of Audit earlier this year. A team of scholars from the University of Adelaide’s Public Law and Policy Research Unit – Dr [...]

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