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New Reference – Legislative or regulatory discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, gender, gender identity or intersex status

The South Australian Law Reform Institute (‘the Institute’) is pleased to accept a new reference from the Attorney-General, The Hon. John Rau, MP. The reference was announced as part of His Excellency the Honourable Hieu Van Le AO’s speech at the opening of Parliament on Tuesday 10 February 2015.  The Governor stated that: “My Government […]

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Adelaide scholars oppose changes to protections against racially motivated hate speech

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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Section 117 of the Constitution and Discounted Public Transport for Students

One complaint that students studying Australian Constitutional Law will make from time to time is that the subject matter that they are studying rarely has a directly affect on their day-to-day lives (unless they are selling crayfish, constructing dams or committing war crimes). I, of course, reject that proposition and a recent trip to Sydney […]

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The States and the MRRT: Putting Short-term Politics before Long-term Strategy?

So Fortescue Metals is threatening a constitutional challenge against the Mineral Resource Rent Tax, passed by the Parliament in late March. This is unsurprising: Andrew Forrest has been vocally opposed to the deal negotiated between Prime Minister Gillard and the big mining companies from its inception. And why shouldn’t it? Fortescue Metals has nothing to […]

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