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Explainer: what are double-dissolution elections? And why might we soon have one?

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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PLPRU submission on a plebiscite or referendum on same sex marriage

On Thursday, 10 September 2015, Dr Adam Webster appeared on behalf of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit (PLPRU) before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee on the issue of a ‘popular vote, in the form of a plebiscite or referendum, on the matter of marriage in Australia’ in Canberra. Clear here to […]

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Can the Senate force the removal of a royal commissioner?

In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Adam Webster examines whether the Senate can force the removal of a royal commissioner. Click here to read Adam’s article.

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Would A Plebiscite On Marriage Equality Do Anything?

In an article published on New Matilda, Dr Adam Webster examines whether a plebiscite or referendum are really necessary to legislate on marriage equality. Click here to read Adam’s article.

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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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Is a Constitutional principle making States too cautious with law and order policies?

In a post on the Power to Persuade blog, Dr Anna Olijnyk and Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby (UNSW) explain their research project on the effect of uncertain constitutional principle on State law and order policy. Click here to read Anna’s post.

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‘Citizenship and the Constitution Roundtable’ in the House of Representatives Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee

On Friday 20 March, Associate Professor Alex Reilly attended a roundtable discussion on Citizenship and the Constitution in the Commonwealth House of Representatives Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee. Alex joined other academic experts and community leaders to discuss with the Committee the legal and constitutional dimensions of citizenship, the changing nature of membership in […]

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Adelaide Law School Academics Address Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for ATSI Peoples

On Friday 13 March, Professor John Williams (Dean, Adelaide Law School) and Associate Professor Matthew Stubbs (PLPRU) gave evidence before the Commonwealth Parliament’s Joint Select Committee on Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Expanding on PLPRU’s submission to the Committee, their evidence to committee members Ken Wyatt AM MP (Chair) and Senator […]

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Explainer: how are Australia’s ‘knights and dames’ appointed?

In an article published on The Conversation, Professor John Williams and Dr Adam Webster explain how Australia’s knighthoods and damehoods are awarded. Click here to read the article.

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Loophole means there is no cap on Australian knights and dames for foreign appointments

Professor John Williams and Dr Adam Webster explain to The Advertiser the ‘loophole’ that allows for unlimited appointments of foreign knights and dames. Click here to read the article in The Advertiser.  

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