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Bob Brown takes to the High Court to put hardline anti-protest laws to the test

In a landmark case now before the High Court, former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown and fellow forestry protester Jessica Hoyt are arguing that Tasmania’s anti-protest laws unconstitutionally restrict freedom of speech. PLPRU member Associate Professor Peter Burdon, and Associate Professor Mary Heath from Flinders University, have published an article about the case in The […]

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Sharing Water from Transboundary Rivers: Limits on State Power

In an article published in issue 44(1) of the Federal Law Review, Dr Adam Webster examines the the issue of whether states have a ‘right’ to a share in the water of rivers that flow through more than one state. The following is the abstract of the article: Disputes between States of Australia over the […]

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Executive Power under the Constitution: A Presidential and Parliamentary System Compared

In an article published in the University of Colorado Law Review, Dr Adam Webster (with Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby, UNSW Law) compares the two systems of executive government under the US presidential system and the Australian parliamentary system. This article was presented at the 23rd Annual Ira C. Rothgerber Jr. Conference on Constitutional Law at […]

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Explainer: what is a ‘hung parliament’, and how will a government be formed?

In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Adam Webster explains what is a ‘hung parliament’, and how will a government be formed? Click here to read Adam’s article.

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Election explainer: what does it mean that we’re having a double-dissolution election?

Malcolm Turnbull has made the journey to Government House at Yarralumla to ask the governor-general to dissolve both houses of parliament and hold a double-dissolution election. So, what is a double-dissolution election? How does it differ from an ordinary election? And why the rush after the budget? In an article published on The Conversation, Adam […]

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Explainer: what are double-dissolution elections? And why might we soon have one?

In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Adam Webster, explains the difference between a double-dissolution election and an ‘ordinary’ election. Click here to read Adam’s article.

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PLPRU submission on a plebiscite or referendum on same sex marriage

On Thursday, 10 September 2015, Dr Adam Webster appeared on behalf of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit (PLPRU) before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Reference Committee on the issue of a ‘popular vote, in the form of a plebiscite or referendum, on the matter of marriage in Australia’ in Canberra. Clear here to […]

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Can the Senate force the removal of a royal commissioner?

In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Adam Webster examines whether the Senate can force the removal of a royal commissioner. Click here to read Adam’s article.

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Would A Plebiscite On Marriage Equality Do Anything?

In an article published on New Matilda, Dr Adam Webster examines whether a plebiscite or referendum are really necessary to legislate on marriage equality. Click here to read Adam’s article.

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Is a Constitutional principle making States too cautious with law and order policies?

In a post on the Power to Persuade blog, Dr Anna Olijnyk and Associate Professor Gabrielle Appleby (UNSW) explain their research project on the effect of uncertain constitutional principle on State law and order policy. Click here to read Anna’s post.

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