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Monthly Archives: April 2012

Scholars support Commonwealth’s attempts to bring accountability and transparency to judicial conduct

Last week, Gabrielle Appleby, Dr Suzanne Le Mire, Professor Geoffrey Lindell, Anna Olijnyk, Alexander Reilly, Dr Matthew Stubbs, Adam Webster and Professor John Williams made a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee that supported, in principle, two Bills introduced into the Parliament by the Attorney-General that introduce measures for handling complaints against […]

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What is meant by the terms Public and Private law?

Associate Professor John Gava queries the dichotomy of public and private law. How does it complicate, or limit, our thinking about the law?  What does it achieve? Nothing in this comment is motivated by a desire to change anything or respond to anything or to critique anything. I’m simply curious about something that has puzzled me since I’ve arrived […]

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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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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 […]

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