Malcolm Turnbull has made the journey to Government House at Yarralumla to ask the governor-general to dissolve both houses of parliament and hold a double-dissolution election. So, what is a double-dissolution election? How does it differ from an ordinary election? And why the rush after the budget? In an article published on The Conversation, Adam […]

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In an article published in the UNSW Law Journal, Dr Adam Webster (with Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby, UNSW Law School) examine the way in which law regulates cycling. Click here to for a copy of the article. Introduction There is a strong connection between those associated with the law and cycling. It is possible to […]

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Labor has promised to set up a Royal Commission into the banking sector if elected. The Government says this is unnecessary: ASIC already has the powers of a Royal Commission. In this article for The Conversation, Anna Olijnyk explains the differences between ASIC’s powers and those of a Royal Commission. Click here to read Anna’s […]

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This week the Deputy Dean and Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit (PLPRU), Associate Professor Alex Reilly, published the 2015 Annual Report for the research unit. The report highlights the activities and achievements of PLPRU in 2015. In 2015, PLPRU hosted 10 seminars and workshops, made 14 submissions to public inquiries and […]

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The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, in conjunction with the University of Adelaide’s Public Law and Policy Research Unit, are pleased to present: The Honourable Tom Gray QC speaking on Encounters with the Constitution over 45 years in the Law Recently retired after 16 years as a judge of the Supreme […]

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In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Adam Webster, explains the difference between a double-dissolution election and an ‘ordinary’ election. Click here to read Adam’s article.

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By Dr Judith Bannister, Deputy Director of Public Law and Policy Research Unit With reforms to Australian Commonwealth freedom of information (FOI) still stalled in the Senate[1] it is interesting to see how FOI is faring in the United Kingdom (UK). While the future of the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner (OAIC) remains in […]

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In an article published in The Age, Dr Joanna Howe argues that a visa that allows international companies to employ foreign crews for $3 an hour will decimate the Australian shipping industry. “With our car plants closing down and manufacturing jobs going offshore, we are increasingly accustomed to jobs being lost overseas. What is new […]

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In an article on The Conversation, Dr Joanna Howe, examines the assertion made by Federal Minister for Employment and Women, Michaelia Cash, made on the ABC’s Q&A program that foreign seafarers are paid $2 an hour under legislation introduced by the Labor Party in 2012. Is the Minister’s claim correct? Click here to read Joanna’s analysis and […]

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The Public Law and Policy Research Unit (in conjunction with the Australian Institute of Administrative Law (SA Chapter)) invites you to attend: Reasoned Administration and Democratic Legitimacy Professor Jerry Mashaw Sterling Professor Emeritus of Law, Yale University Professor Jerry Mashaw is Sterling Professor of Law Emeritus and Professorial Lecturer at Yale University, where he teaches […]

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