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Apprehended bias: a public critique of the fair-minded lay observer

On the AUSPUBLAW blog Dr Anna Olijnyk examines the public’s reaction to the apprehended bias test. Is it time to rethink the mythical construct of the ‘fair-minded lay observer’? Click here to read Anna’s analysis. And click here for Anna’s most recent article on The Conversation explaining Dyson Heydon’s decision to dismiss the apprehended bias […]

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EVENT: Accommodating Rights? Religion, Speech and Equality in Australia

Accommodating Rights? Religion, Speech and Equality in Australia a symposium to discuss aspects of the ALRC’s Freedoms Inquiry The Australian Law Reform Commission (ALRC) in partnership with the Public Law and Policy Research Unit (PLPRU) and the Research Unit for the Study of Society, Law and Religion at Adelaide Law School invite you to attend […]

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Sharing Water from Transboundary Rivers in Australia — An Interstate Common Law?

In the forthcoming edition of the Melbourne University Law Review (vol 39(1)), Dr Adam Webster examines the argument that the common law could provide a solution to interstate river disputes. The following is the abstract of the article: In Australia, the sharing of water from a river — such as the Murray River — that flows […]

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Legal Studies Teachers’ Professional Development Day

Earlier this month the PLPRU, in conjunction with the Adelaide Law School, hosted a professional development day for high school Legal Studies teachers. Twenty teachers from private and public schools across South Australia attended the workshop. This is the second year the Adelaide Law School has organised this event and it is hoped the School […]

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Explainer: how Australia can legalise same-sex marriage

In an article published on The Conversation today, Dr Adam Webster, explains the proposed changes to the Marriage Act 1961 (Cth) to provide marriage equality in Australia and the differences between the three bills before the Commonwealth Parliament. Click here to read Adam’s article.

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Turn Spotlight on Labour Hire Contractors

In an article published in The Australian today, Dr Joanna Howe explains that while the government is to be commended for its establishment of a special taskforce to address fraud in the working holiday visa program, its target should be labour hire contractors, not working holiday-makers. Click here to read Joanna’s article.

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Queensland still failing to act on a medieval murder defence

In an article published on The Conversation today, Kellie Toole examines the law of provocation in Queensland and the proposal to abolish what is sometimes referred to as the ‘gay panic defence’. Click here to read Kellie’s article.

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Magna Carta in Practice

The Public Law and Policy Research Unit and the Adelaide Law School present a public lecture by Paul Brand (All Souls College, Oxford) marking the 800th anniversary of Magna Carta. When: Thursday 7 May 2015, 5.30pm – 7pm Where: Conference Room, Level 7, Ingkarni Wardli building, The University of Adelaide RSVP: By Friday 1 May 2015 via […]

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The High Court of Australia and the First World War

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 invite you to: The High Court of Australia and the First World War The First World War was a defining moment in the history of Australia and also […]

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Workers, Small Business and Taxpayers Disadvantaged by Workers’ Compensation Plan, New Research Warns

Research by Adelaide Law School’s Dr Joanna Howe has recommended that the Federal Parliament reject legislation reforming Australia’s workers’ compensation system, warning that the current bill fails the public interest test and risks adversely impacting on workers, small and medium sized businesses, and taxpayers. The McKell Institute report, “Unsafe and Unfair: A Critique of the […]

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