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Uluru Statement event: Voice, Treaty, and Truth

The Public Law and Policy Research Unit invites you to a public lecture to explain the reform proposals in the Uluru Statement. The proposals were the product of extensive dialogues within Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities around the nation, and were presented to the Government in October 2017. The speakers for this event are: […]

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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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‘Citizenship and the Constitution Roundtable’ in the House of Representatives Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee

On Friday 20 March, Associate Professor Alex Reilly attended a roundtable discussion on Citizenship and the Constitution in the Commonwealth House of Representatives Social Policy and Legal Affairs Committee. Alex joined other academic experts and community leaders to discuss with the Committee the legal and constitutional dimensions of citizenship, the changing nature of membership in […]

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Australia’s war powers and the role of parliament

In an article published on The Conversation, Dr Gabrielle Appleby, Deputy Director of the Public Law and Policy Research Unit, examines Australia’s war powers and the role of parliament. Click here to read Gabrielle’s article.

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UPCOMING SEMINAR – Buying power: State procurement policies and labour standards

The Australian Labour Law Association and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law are proud to present: Buying power: State procurement policies and labour standards   In two recent decisions (Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v State of Victoria [2013] FCA 445 and Construction, Forestry, Mining and Energy Union v McCorkell Constructions Pty Ltd (No […]

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What makes law ‘public’?

Convenor of the Public Law Research Community at the Adelaide Law School, Dr Gabrielle Appleby attempts to answer the question of what makes law ‘public’? As the convener of the Public Law Research Community I have often been asked what is ‘public law’. My response is that I have always thought of public law broadly, […]

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Trip to Canberra: Courts Legislation Amendment (Judicial Complaints) Bill 2012 and Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Bill 2012

Last week, John Williams and Suzanne Le Mire appeared before the Senate Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee to give evidence in support of the Adelaide Law School’s submission on the Courts Legislation Amendment (Judicial Complaints) Bill 2012 and Judicial Misbehaviour and Incapacity (Parliamentary Commissions) Bill 2012. Suzanne explains the submission, and what happened at the […]

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Welcome to the Public Law Research Community

Research and scholarship in public law is a fundamental facet of healthy, democratic government. A defining feature of public law is the conflict between many of its foundational values. Here in Australia we expect the government to be powerful enough to intervene and facilitate ‘the good life’ for all members of our community, and yet […]

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