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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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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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The River Murray Dispute

The River Murray Dispute is one that has defined the Australian federation since its inception, although its nature has changed as the River’s use for navigation and trade has receded and its importance as a water source for irrigation and drinking has increased. Nowhere is the dispute felt more strongly than in the downstream State […]

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Could we have a Truly FEDERAL High Court?

Associate Professor John Gava takes us again into the debate on High Court appointments. His suggestion? Federalize the High Court! John argues that such a move would have an important symbolic effect, and potentionally practical effects that may manifest in the High Court’s reasoning. His comments are particularly timely as the Commonwealth Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, […]

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Upcoming High Court Appointments: Looking Outside the Square with Professor John Williams

Yesterday on the ABC’s The World Today, Professor John Williams, Dean of the Law School, discussed ‘looking outisde the square’ when it came to the High Court appointments. The Attorney-General, Nicola Roxon, must make recommendations on the appointment of two judges to replacing the retiring Justice Gummow (who retires this year), and Justice Heydon (who retires next year). […]

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Research and scholarship in public law is a fundamental facet of healthy, democratic government. A defining feature of public law is the conflict between many of its foundational values. Here in Australia we expect the government to be powerful enough to intervene and facilitate ‘the good life’ for all members of our community, and yet […]

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