The referendum that Australia had to have … but didn’t
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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Government makes a joke of public consultation and popular sovereignty
On 14 September, Australians will be asked to vote on a change to the Constitution that will allow the Commonwealth government to provide funding directly to local governments, by-passing the States. The proposal has been largely swept under the carpet by the government, who don’t want to talk to the Australian people about it. Adelaide […]
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Should we rush in on constitutional recognition of local government?
The constitutional recognition of local government in Australia has been on the political agenda for decades. Dr Gabrielle Appleby explores the latest proposals on this subject. In January this year, a joint parliamentary committee made a recommendation in a preliminary report that the ability of the Commonwealth to grant financial assistance to local government be constitutionally […]
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God Save the QC?
The ‘Queens’land Government has announced that it will abandon the post-nominal ‘SC’ (Senior Counsel) for the State’s most senior barristers and return to ‘the Queen’s Counsel regime’ (see here). In South Australia, the appointment of Queen’s Counsel has not been without controversy. Adam Webster reflects upon some of the controversies surrounding the appointment of Queen’s […]
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Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our Constitution: Three Perspectives
The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is proud to host Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our Constitution – Three Perspectives On 19 January 2012, the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples delivered its report to the Commonwealth Government. The Report […]
University of Adelaide Academics defend constitutionality of same-sex marriage before the Senate
On Friday, 4 May 2012, Professor John Williams and Gabrielle Appleby from the Adelaide Law School appeared before the Senate’s Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to give evidence in support of the submission made by a number of University of Adelaide scholars. The full submission, and a brief overview of it, is available here. On […]
University of Adelaide scholars support marriage equality
The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is currently undertaking an investigation into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010. The Bill aims to create marriage equality for people regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity by amending the definition of ‘marriage’ in the Marriage Act 1961. In the House of Representatives, there is […]