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Perspectives on the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Commonwealth Constitution

On 29 May, Associate Professor Alex Reilly from the Adelaide Law School joined the South Australian Commissioner for Aboriginal Engagement, Khatija Thomas, and Professor Elizabeth Handsley of Flinders University in an Australian Association of Constitutional Law seminar considering the You Me Unity Expert Panel proposal for the recognition of Indigenous Australians in the Commonwealth Constitution. [...]

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Remembering Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen

On 11 May, Alex Reilly participated in a Symposium at the Melbourne Law School to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen (1982) 153 CLR 16. Koowarta was of great significance in relation to the interpretation of the external affairs power. The Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Fund Commission (ALFC) brought a pastoral lease on the [...]

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South Australia finally moves to establish an Independent Commissioner Against Corruption

Earlier this month (May 2012), the South Australian Weatherill Labor Government introduced a Bill to establish an Independent Commissioner Against Corruption. This is a move that had been opposed by the Rann Government for years. Gabrielle Appleby explores the change in policy, before looking to the Bill itself. She focuses on the extent to which [...]

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Trip to Canberra: Courts Legislation Amendment (Judicial Complaints) Bill 2012 and Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Bill 2012

Last week, John Williams and Suzanne Le Mire appeared before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to give evidence in support of the Adelaide Law School’s submission on the Courts Legislation Amendment (Judicial Complaints) Bill 2012 and Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Bill 2012. Suzanne explains the submission, and what happened at the [...]

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Australian Human Rights Commissioner Highlights Serious Concerns in Australia’s Performance

On Monday morning (7 May 2012) Cathy Branson QC, the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, gave a guest lecture to the Human Rights Law students at the Adelaide Law School.   Cathy began by explaining the constitutional position and international classification of the Commission – while technically it is part of the Executive, it [...]

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Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our Constitution: Three Perspectives

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is proud to host  Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our Constitution –   Three Perspectives  On 19 January 2012, the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples delivered its report to the Commonwealth Government. The Report [...]

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University of Adelaide Academics defend constitutionality of same-sex marriage before the Senate

 On Friday, 4 May 2012, Professor John Williams and Gabrielle Appleby from the Adelaide Law School appeared before the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to give evidence in support of the submission made by a number of University of Adelaide scholars. The full submission, and a brief overview of it, is available here. On [...]

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