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Adelaide Scholar Joints Constitutional Roundtable in Canberra

On Thursday, 20 June 2013, the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Social Policy and Legal Affairs held a ‘Constitutional Roundtable’ at Parliament House, Canberra. The Committee was joined by a number of constitutional experts to discuss topical issues in relation to the Constitution and its reform. The Roundtable was open to the public and […]

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UPCOMING EVENT: The President and Congress: Separation of Powers in the United States of America

The Adelaide Law School and the Australian Association of Constitutional Law are proud to host: The President and Congress: Separation of Powers in the United States of America Although the framers of Australia’s Constitution adopted many features of the United States Constitution, they rejected the separation of legislative and executive power in favor of responsible […]

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Reforming Military Justice

On 21 June 2012, the Attorney-General introduced two Bills to Parliament, the Military Court of Australia Bill 2012 and the Military Court of Australia (Transitional Provisions and Consequential Amendments) Bill 2012. (The Bills can be accessed here). The Bills are the culmination of a series of attempts by the Commonwealth to create a new institution […]

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Pensions, Federal Magistrates, and Judicial Independence

Unlike other federal judges, who are entitled a fixed, non-contributory pension, Federal Magistrates belong to a superannuation scheme.  Adelaide Law School PhD Candidate Anna Olijnyk looks at the recent case of Baker v The Commonwealth, in which the Full Federal Court considered whether Federal Magistrates’ post-retirement income arrangements violated Chapter III of the Constitution.  The […]

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God Save the QC?

The ‘Queens’land Government has announced that it will abandon the post-nominal ‘SC’ (Senior Counsel) for the State’s most senior barristers and return to ‘the Queen’s Counsel regime’ (see here).  In South Australia, the appointment of Queen’s Counsel has not been without controversy. Adam Webster reflects upon some of the controversies surrounding the appointment of Queen’s […]

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