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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In this post Drs Gabrielle Appleby and Joanna Howe explain the importance of two recent High Court decisions – Plaintiff M150/2003 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Plaintiff S297/2013 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection – dealing with the government’s use of delegated legislative provisions in an attempt to reinstate Temporary Protection [...]

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In this blog post Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Mr Adam Webster explain the constitutional defiance that has characterised the federal government’s pursuit of the National School Chaplaincy Program even where its foundations have appeared highly dubious from a constitutional standpoint (leaving to one side the policy behind the program). This constitutional defiance looks set to [...]

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The University of Adelaide Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre and the Public Law and Policy Research Unit invite you to attend the following event: Compulsory Voting ‘Compulsory Voting for First Time Voters in Britain’ – Professor Sarah Birch ‘Compulsory Voting: Hazards and Benefits’ – Professor Lisa Hill Professor Sarah Birch (University of Glasgow) and Professor Lisa [...]

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