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Monthly Archives: May 2014

The Government as Litigant

The Productivity Commission is currently tasked with reviewing Australia’s civil justice system, focusing on constraining costs and promoting access to justice and equality before the law. Part of this larger review is a review of the government’s obligation to act as a model litigant. Dr Gabrielle Appleby has recently considered reforms to the obligation in […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: Election Bonanza – An exploration of recent electoral issues

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) is proud to host  Election Bonanza – An exploration of recent electoral issues This seminar will bring you tales from the many electoral issues raised in the past 12 months. Our speakers will present on four compelling topics. Damian O’Leary will speak on […]

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Can the Senate block the budget?

Since the Treasurer’s budget speech there has been much talk about Labor and the minor parties ‘blocking the budget’. This article explains the constitutional requirements behind the budget process and the likelihood of the budget being blocked in the Senate. This is an article by Adelaide Law School’s Adam Webster, originally published in The Conversation. […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: A Well-Founded Fear? Australian Refugee Law Update

Dr Matthew Stubbs, Chair of the Human Rights Committee of the Law Society of South Australia invites you to attend: A Well-Founded Fear? Australian Refugee Law Update A Discussion Panel Seminar on Refugee Rights and Changes to Refugee Laws This seminar will address issues concerning refugee rights and changes in the global context. The speakers […]

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Commonwealth spending back in the High Court’s Sights

The National School Chaplaincy Program has already been found unconstitutional once by the High Court. Last week, the High Court heard a second challenge to the scheme. Any finding that the scheme is still unconstitutional has serious repercussions for hundreds of Commonwealth spending programs. This is an article by Adelaide Law School’s Dr Gabrielle Appleby, […]

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Adelaide scholars oppose changes to protections against racially motivated hate speech

The Commonwealth government recently sought public submissions on proposed amendments to the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth). The proposed amendments replace the existing provisions that protect against racially motivated hate speech (ss 18B-18E), with a new provision: (1)   It is unlawful for a person to do an act, otherwise than in private, if: (a) the […]

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