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Monthly Archives: July 2013

Better late than never: an administrative appeals tribunal for South Australia

South Australia has never had a generalist merits review tribunal, relying instead on the District Court to fulfil this important accountability function. This week, the South Australian Government introduced a Bill to establish a generalist tribunal, the South Australian Civil and Adminsitrative Tribunal, or SACAT. In this post, Adelaide Law School PhD Candidate Anna Olijnyk […]

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Death sentence for controversial defence to murder?

Until May 2013, South Australia was the only jurisdiction in Australia that had not formally considered the controversial defence of provocation. Provocation is a partial defence that reduces murder to manslaughter where the victim of the homicide provoked the offender into losing self-control and killing. The acceptability of a homicide victim sharing blame for their […]

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Why the SA Liberals are wrong on marriage equality

In recent weeks, the United States Supreme Court has clarified the constitutional position on same-sex marriage in that country. In contrast, little has been done to clarify the constitutional position in Australia. In this post, Adelaide Law School PhD Candidate Mark Bruerton debunks some of the constitutional myths that have been used in the marriage equality […]

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