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Monthly Archives: August 2014

The boats may have stopped, but at what cost to Australia?

In an article published on The Conversation today, Associate Professor Alex Reilly, Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, examines the first year of the Abbott Government’s refugee policy. Click here to read Alex’s article.

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**RESCHEDULED** UPCOMING EVENT: Troubled Waters: Constitutional issues in water regulation in the Murray Darling Basin

Please be advised that the South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law’s seminar to be held on 1 September has been rescheduled for 8 September. Please see the message from the committee of the SA Branch of the AACL below. The updated details for the event can be accessed here. Dear AACL […]

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Judicial Conduct: Crafting a System That Enhances Institutional Integrity

In the current issue of the Melbourne University Law Review (Volume 38(1)), Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Dr Suzanne Le Mire examine the issue of judicial conduct. The following is the abstract of the article: Judges are human. It is their humanity that allows them to pass judgement on the complexities of fact and law in […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: Troubled Waters: Constitutional issues in water regulation in the Murray Darling Basin

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is pleased to present Dr Adam Webster, Adelaide Law School speaking on Troubled Waters: Constitutional issues in water regulation in the Murray Darling Basin Adam will examine some of the constitutional issues surrounding water regulation within the Murray-Darling Basin.  In particular, he will discuss […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: The expansion of secrecy in civil proceedings: Reviewing the UK experience

The Public Law and Policy Research Unit invites you to attend the following event: The expansion of secrecy in civil proceedings: Reviewing the UK experience With the enactment of the Justice and Security Act 2013, the law in the United Kingdom now provides for closed material procedures and special advocates to be used in the […]

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Williams v Commonwealth (No 2): A discussion of the implications for federal spending and legislative power

Last week the Public Law and Policy Research Unit met to discuss the High Court’s decision in Williams v Commonwealth (No 2). PLPRU members Dr Gabrielle Appleby and Anna Olijnyk led a discussion of the different aspects of the decision, considering its consequences for federal spending and the breadth of the Commowealth Parliament’s corporations and […]

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Australia has outsourced migration policy to the private sector

Issues surrounding Australia’s use of temporary labour migration as a means of filing shortages in the labour market have suddenly hit the media with revelations by the Fairfax media of widespread fraud in the 457 visa scheme  and news today that the government has concluded a Regional Migration Agreement to facilitate the use of semi-skilled […]

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