Stephen McDonald is a barrister at Hanson Chambers and a member of the Australia Association of Constitutional Law (AACL). This blog post is an edited version of the speech Stephen gave at the AACL seminar – ‘Election Bonanza’ – hosted by the Adelaide Law School. As a guest-blogger for the Public Law & Policy Research [...]

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The Productivity Commission is currently tasked with reviewing Australia’s civil justice system, focusing on constraining costs and promoting access to justice and equality before the law. Part of this larger review is a review of the government’s obligation to act as a model litigant. Dr Gabrielle Appleby has recently considered reforms to the obligation in [...]

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The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) is proud to host  Election Bonanza – An exploration of recent electoral issues This seminar will bring you tales from the many electoral issues raised in the past 12 months. Our speakers will present on four compelling topics. Damian O’Leary will speak on [...]

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Since the Treasurer’s budget speech there has been much talk about Labor and the minor parties ‘blocking the budget’. This article explains the constitutional requirements behind the budget process and the likelihood of the budget being blocked in the Senate. This is an article by Adelaide Law School’s Adam Webster, originally published in The Conversation. [...]

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Dr Matthew Stubbs, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of South Australia invites you to attend: A Well-Founded Fear? Australian Refugee Law Update A Discussion Panel Seminar on Refugee Rights and Changes to Refugee Laws This seminar will address issues concerning refugee rights and changes in the global context. The speakers [...]

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The National School Chaplaincy Program has already been found unconstitutional once by the High Court. Last week, the High Court heard a second challenge to the scheme. Any finding that the scheme is still unconstitutional has serious repercussions for hundreds of Commonwealth spending programs. This is an article by Adelaide Law School’s Dr Gabrielle Appleby, [...]

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The Commonwealth government recently sought public submissions on proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). The proposed amendments replace the existing provisions that protect against racially motivated hate speech (ss 18B-18E), with a new provision: (1)   It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if: (a) the [...]

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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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