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Monthly Archives: June 2013

UPCOMING EVENT – Australian Lawyers for Human Rights Refugee Policy Forum

In August 2012, in response to an Expert Panel report on Refugee Policy (the Houston report), the Federal Government began a dramatic shift in its refugee policy. Since that time, the government has: re-opened regional processing centres in Nauru and Manus Island; excised the whole of the Australian mainland from the migration zone; introduced a […]

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There is a simple solution to the 457 visa impasse

There is a simple solution to the 457 visa impasse By Joanna Howe This debate around 457 visas boils down to a difference of opinion on how best to identify a domestic skill shortage for which a 457 visa can be used. For Labor, the most desirable option for recognising skill shortages is employer-conducted labour […]

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Adelaide Scholar Joints Constitutional Roundtable in Canberra

On Thursday, 20 June 2013, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs held a ‘Constitutional Roundtable’ at Parliament House, Canberra. The Committee was joined by a number of constitutional experts to discuss topical issues in relation to the Constitution and its reform. The Roundtable was open to the public and […]

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Commonwealth-State relations heat up over schools

Australians are well accustomed to the often infantile politicking that goes on between the Commonwealth and the States, particularly when it involves governments of different political persuasions. In this post, Dr Gabrielle Appleby considers an incident in Queensland last week where the Queensland Liberal-National Government refused to allow federal Labor Education Minister Peter Garrett access to […]

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Stop the Chop! Circumcision of Underage Boys Should be Discouraged

The circumcision of young boys is a culturally accepted practice in Australia, although circumcision rates have dropped dramatically since the 1950s. In an Opinion Piece published in the Adelaidean, Adelaide Law School’s Cornelia Koch argues that underage circumcision should be discouraged because it constitutes an infringement of boys’ personal autonomy. In her view, it should […]

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