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Reform of Commonwealth Discrimination Legislation

In April 2010 Attorney-General, Robert McClelland and Minister for Finance and Deregulation, Lindsay Tanner announced the Government’s intention to streamline federal anti-discrimination legislation by replacing the five existing Commonwealth anti-discrimination laws with a new consolidated Act. The consolidated legislation was intended to remove unnecessary regulatory overlap, address inconsistencies across laws and make the system more […]

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Same-sex marriage in the States

On Saturday the Tasmanian Premier Lara Giddings announced that her government would introduce a Bill to allow same-sex marriage in that State. Giddings claimed she had legal opinions supporting the constitutionality of the measure, including from the Tasmanian Solicitor-General. UNSW constitutional law academic Professor George Williams has also written on the issue claiming State same-sex […]

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Remembering Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen

On 11 May, Alex Reilly participated in a Symposium at the Melbourne Law School to commemorate the 30th anniversary of Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen (1982) 153 CLR 16. Koowarta was of great significance in relation to the interpretation of the external affairs power. The Commonwealth Aboriginal Land Fund Commission (ALFC) brought a pastoral lease on the […]

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Australian Human Rights Commissioner Highlights Serious Concerns in Australia’s Performance

On Monday morning (7 May 2012) Cathy Branson QC, the President of the Australian Human Rights Commission, gave a guest lecture to the Human Rights Law students at the Adelaide Law School.   Cathy began by explaining the constitutional position and international classification of the Commission – while technically it is part of the Executive, it […]

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University of Adelaide scholars support marriage equality

The Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee is currently undertaking an investigation into the Marriage Equality Amendment Bill 2010. The Bill aims to create marriage equality for people regardless of their sex, sexual orientation or gender identity by amending the definition of ‘marriage’ in the Marriage Act 1961. In the House of Representatives, there is […]

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