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Cycling and the Law

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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FactCheck: does ASIC already have the powers of a royal commission and more?

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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PLPRU publishes 2015 Annual Report

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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$3 an hour: how the Australian government exploits foreign workers

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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Getting bike laws right means balancing rights of cyclists and motorists

In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Adam Webster (with Gabrielle Appleby of UNSW) explains how cycling law reform must balance the rights of cyclists with the rights of other road users. Click here to read Adam’s article.  

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Coalition tensions expose the flaws of the same-sex marriage plebiscite

In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Adam Webster examines some of the problems associated with the proposed plebiscite on same-sex marriage. Click here to read Adam’s article.

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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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