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The Role of Committees in Rights Protection in Federal and State Parliaments in Australia

In the most recent issue of the University of New South Wales Law Journal, PLPRU members Laura Grenfell and Sarah Moulds examine the role of parliamentary committees in rights protection. Laura and Sarah’s article: offers a snapshot of how Australian parliamentary committees scrutinise Bills for their rights-compliance in circumstances where the political stakes are high […]

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PLPRU hosts Uluru Statement event

On 21 March 2018, more than 200 people came to PLPRU’s event, ‘Understanding the Uluru Statement from the Heart’. After a Welcome to Country from Uncle Lewis O’Brien AO and an introduction from PLPRU Director Alex Reilly, we heard from Tony McAvoy SC, Josie Crawshaw, Dwayne Coulthard, who explained the voice, treaty and truth aspects […]

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Public Law in the Classroom 2018

On 22 February, PLPRU co-hosted the 2018 Public Law in the Classroom Workshop at the University of New South Wales (in conjunction with the Gilbert + Tobin Centre). Public law teachers from around Australia as well as New Zealand and the UK gathered together to share insights, tips and challenges. The event was an outstanding […]

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Upcoming seminar: State Tribunals and Federal Jurisdiction

PLPRU members Stephen McDonald and Anna Olijnyk are presenting an upcoming seminar on ‘State Tribunals and Federal Jurisdiction’. The seminar will consider the constitutional issues that arise when State tribunals exercise judicial power in matters identified in ss 75 and 76 of the Constitution. The seminar is offered jointly by the Council of Australasian Tribunals, […]

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AIAL Seminar: The Spectrum of Deference

The Australian Institute of Administrative Law, SA Chapter, presents a seminar on The Spectrum of Deference – how courts defer to decision makers in judicial review proceedings Presented by Holly Stanley (Edmund Barton Chambers) Wednesday, 6 September 2017 1.00 pm to 2.00 pm Venue: Australian Government Solicitor, Barossa Room, Level 5 101 Pirie Street, Adelaide […]

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Upcoming event: AACL end of year celebration

You are invited to the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (SA Chapter) 2016 end of year event, Decide a Hard Case Right. In one hour, ten speakers will review ten constitutional issues and cases from the past twelve months, with drinks and nibbles to follow. Members and non-members are welcome. PLPRU members Anna Olijnyk and Matthew […]

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Submission on migration legislation

PLPRU Director, Alex Reilly, has written a submission to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Legislation Committee’s inquiry into the Migration Legislation Amendment (Regional Processing Cohort) Bill 2016. The submission was supported by other members of PLPRU. If passed, this legislation will prevent asylum seekers arriving by boat from coming to Australia in future. The Committee […]

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The real issues with 457 visas

In an article published on The Conversation today, PLPRU’s Joanna Howe explains the problems with Australia’s system of ‘457 visas’, arguing that the reality is not reflected in the political debate.

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US deal is a good news story for refugees – here’s why it took so long

In a piece written for The Conversation, PLPRU Director Alex Reilly explains the context surrounding, and implications of, the Australian government’s plan to resettle asylum seekers in the US.

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Upcoming Seminar: Difficult and Vexatious Litigants

The Australian Institute of Administrative Law (SA Chapter) invites you to a free lunchtime seminar: ‘Different Strokes for Different Folks: Tips and Tricks for managing difficult and vexatious litigants‘ presented by Andrew Schatz, Murray Chambers. Tuesday, 22 November 2016 at 1pm Office of the Australian Government Solicitor, Level 5, 101 Pirie Street, Adelaide RSVP: aialsa@adam.com.au Further […]

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