UPCOMING EVENT: Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory: The High Court Steps into the Marriage Debate

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law

is pleased to present

Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Adelaide Law School

Stephen McDonald, Hanson Chambers

speaking on

Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory

The High Court steps into the marriage equality debate


In December 2013, the High Court decided that same-sex marriage legislation enacted by the ACT Legislative Assembly was inconsistent with the federal Marriage Act, and therefore inoperative. In the course of answering the question of inconsistency, the High Court held that the Commonwealth Parliament’s power to make laws with respect to marriage extended to laws providing for same-sex marriage. The decision puts to bed one of the arguments that has been advanced by those opposed to the enactment of Commonwealth legislation that would enable same-sex marriage. This seminar examines the decision and its political implications at both the federal and State level.


Date:            28 March 2014

Time:           1-2pm

Venue:        Pilgrim Hall, 12 Flinders Street

RSVP:          24 March 2014 to Sarah Mitchell:


Members and non-members welcome.

Attendance at this seminar may be recognised for MCPD purposes.

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