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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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Should we rush in on constitutional recognition of local government?

The constitutional recognition of local government in Australia has been on the political agenda for decades. Dr Gabrielle Appleby explores the latest proposals on this subject. In January this year, a joint parliamentary committee made a recommendation in a preliminary report that the ability of the Commonwealth to grant financial assistance to local government be constitutionally […]

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Constitutional Recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples: Some Important Steps

Dr Matthew Stubbs considers the important steps that were taken last week towards constitutional recognition for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples at the Commonwealth and State level. The political spectacle of the final parliamentary sitting weeks of the year in both Canberra and Adelaide has tended to obscure coverage of some important steps that […]

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Supporting Recognition of Indigenous Peoples in the South Australian Constitution

In May this year, South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill announced that his government was committed to formal recognition of the State’s Aboriginal peoples through amendment of the Constitution Act 1934 (SA). The government established an advisory panel to consult with the South Australian community, advise the government on the preferred form of the amendment and […]

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Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our Constitution: Three Perspectives

The South Australian Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law is proud to host  Recognising Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples in our Constitution –   Three Perspectives  On 19 January 2012, the Expert Panel on Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples delivered its report to the Commonwealth Government. The Report […]

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