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Monthly Archives: June 2014

The High Court ends backdoor law making (for now)

In this post Drs Gabrielle Appleby and Joanna Howe explain the importance of two recent High Court decisions – Plaintiff M150/2003 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection and Plaintiff S297/2013 v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection – dealing with the government’s use of delegated legislative provisions in an attempt to reinstate Temporary Protection […]

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Chaplains in Schools: The Constitutional Showdown Continues

In this blog post Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Mr Adam Webster explain the constitutional defiance that has characterised the federal government’s pursuit of the National School Chaplaincy Program even where its foundations have appeared highly dubious from a constitutional standpoint (leaving to one side the policy behind the program). This constitutional defiance looks set to […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: Compulsory Voting

The University of Adelaide Indo-Pacific Governance Research Centre and the Public Law and Policy Research Unit invite you to attend the following event: Compulsory Voting ‘Compulsory Voting for First Time Voters in Britain’ – Professor Sarah Birch ‘Compulsory Voting: Hazards and Benefits’ – Professor Lisa Hill Professor Sarah Birch (University of Glasgow) and Professor Lisa […]

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Lawyers for victims of crime won’t guarantee better results

In this post Adelaide Law School’s Kellie Toole examines the issue of legal representation for victims of crime. This article was originally published on The Conversation.   The South Australian Commissioner for Victims’ Rights, Michael O’Connell, recently called for victims of crime to have their own lawyers at the time that criminal defendants are sentenced. […]

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Commonwealth left scrambling by school chaplaincy decision

In this post Adelaide Law School’s Gabrielle Appleby explains the High Court’s decision in Williams v Commonwealth [2014] HCA 23 (19 June 2014) and the need for an immediate response from the Commonwealth. This article was originally published on The Conversation. The High Court has again put the future of the federal government’s school chaplaincy […]

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The referendum that Australia had to have … but didn’t

Stephen McDonald is a barrister at Hanson Chambers and a member of the Australia Association of Constitutional Law (AACL). This blog post is an edited version of the speech Stephen gave at the AACL seminar – ‘Election Bonanza’ – hosted by the Adelaide Law School. As a guest-blogger for the Public Law & Policy Research […]

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