Adelaide Law School student Jonathon Tsianikas recently completed a Public Law Internship with the South Australian Crown Solicitor’s Office. Here, he reflects on a recent South Australian judicial review decision that he was involved in during his time at the Office. If you disagreed with a government decision that affected you, you might have options to [...]

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On 21 March 2014, the Fay Gale Centre for Research on Gender (FGC) hosted a reception for the University of Adelaide’s new Honorary Visiting Professor (and former Prime Minister), Julia Gillard.  The FGC builds on the University’s commitment to promote social justice, equality and diversity in the community and its own workplace.  Alongside the Public [...]

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Post by Dr Laura Grenfell ‘Not all human beings can be classified by sex as either male or female’.  In the twenty-first century this statement regarding gender and sex diversity is hardly ground-breaking.  However, coming from our apex court in Australia, the High Court, it will create ripples in the legal world.  In the past [...]

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Queensland’s Solicitor-General has resigned and now taken aim at the conduct of his Attorney-General. In this post, Dr Gabrielle Appleby considers the longer-term consequences of the Attorney-General’s actions over the last few weeks. This piece was originally published in The Conversation. Queensland solicitor-general Walter Sofronoff QC resigned last week. He has now revealed his outrage [...]

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Professor John Williams (Adelaide Law School) and Professor Clement MacIntyre (School of History and Politics) consider the wisdom of the ‘fairness’ provision in the South Australian electoral system. On 9 February 1991 nearly 77 percent of the South Australian electors voted in favour of an amendment to constitutionalise a ‘fairness’ provision in the electoral system. [...]

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In the current issue of the Sydney Law Review (Volume 35(4)), Anna Olijnyk examines the potential for interlocutory judgments to give rise to an appearance of bias which will disqualify a judge from hearing further matters. The following is the abstract of the article:  In 2011, the High Court handed down judgments in two cases [...]

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Australian Lawyers for Human Rights presents:   ‘Current human rights issues in South Australia’ by the Honourable Catherine Branson QC Australian Lawyers for Human Rights (ALHR) is a network of Australian lawyers and law students active in practising and promoting awareness of international human rights. The South Australian branch of ALHR is holding its first [...]

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The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is pleased to present Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Adelaide Law School Stephen McDonald, Hanson Chambers speaking on Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory The High Court steps into the marriage equality debate   In December 2013, the High Court decided that same-sex marriage legislation enacted by [...]

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In this blog post Adam Webster examines the applicability of the Proceeds of Crime Act 2002 (Cth) and the Criminal Proceeds Confiscation Act 2002 (Qld) to Schapelle Corby should she be paid for a television interview while on parole in Indonesia. The post also contrasts the way in which the news of Corby’s release has [...]

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In February 2014 Public Sentinels: A Comparative Study of Australian Solicitors-General was published by Ashgate Publishing. Public Sentinels is a collection of essays compiled and edited by Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Professor John Williams of the University of Adelaide Law School and Professor Patrick Keyzer of Bond University. Public Sentinels brings together scholarship about top [...]

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