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Monthly Archives: February 2013

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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The Liberal Party’s Vision for 2030: Can it Be Achieved without Northern Australia becoming a Guest-Worker Ghetto?

In early February the Liberal Party released a discussion paper ‘Vision 2030’ floating the idea of tax incentives to lure workers to northern Australia. In this blog post Dr Joanna Howe investigates the migration and labour law challenges associated with this proposal. Whilst the Liberal Party discussion paper primarily canvasses the idea of tax incentives […]

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Relaxing the Urban Tree Removal Controls in Metropolitan Adelaide – a retrograde step

Within the city of Adelaide, state and local government authorities have recently removed, or plans to remove, some of the city’s more iconic trees. The Adelaide Law School’s Paul Leadbeter considers the relaxation of South Australia’s urban tree removal controls that have facilitated these removals. Media reports indicate some recent controversies have arisen in the […]

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AACL Event: Proportionality in Rights Adjudication: Approaches to Balancing Competing Interests in Australia and Germany

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) is proud to host Proportionality in Rights Adjudication: Approaches to Balancing Competing Interests in Australia and Germany  In her judgments and extra curial writings Justice Kiefel has discussed the development of a proportionality test in Australian constitutional law by reference to its origins […]

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Entrenching the Regional Processing Regime

Last week, Associate Professor Alexander Reilly gave evidence at a hearing of the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee on the latest amendments to the Migration Act. In this blog, he explains his impression of the Committee’s focus and concerns based on that hearing. Last year, Gabrielle Appleby and Matthew Stubbs and I wrote a […]

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