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Australia’s Bid for the UN Human Rights Council and the Domestic Politics of Race

Dominic O'Sullivan 20th June 2017

Australia has identified five priorities to support its candidacy for a seat on the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. They are ‘gender equality, good governance, freedom of expression, the rights of indigenous peoples and strong national human rights institutions, and capacity building’. These are important aspirations. However, they cannot easily be pursued as Australia continues to […]

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Abortion, Autonomy And The Deep Blue Sea: The Supreme Court’s Decision In R (On The Application Of A And B) v Secretary Of State For Health

Helen Mountfield 14th June 2017

The question in this case was whether the Secretary of State, who had power to make provision for the functioning of the NHS in England, was legally obliged to make directions enabling women who were citizens of the UK, but who were usually resident in Northern Ireland, to terminate a pregnancy in England under the […]

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A New Ground Of Discrimination: Rural Remoteness?

Meghan Campbell 5th June 2017

The latest intended use of the notwithstanding clause in Good Spirit School Division v Christ the Teacher Roman Catholic Separate School Division No. 212 and The Government of Saskatchewan on the public funding of non-Catholic students to attend Catholic schools raises intriguing questions on dialogue theory in Canada. Overlooked in the debates on education rights […]

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Freedom of Speech or Enabling a Right to Insult? The Australian Debate over Section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975

Liz Curran 16th May 2017

With a rise in the Neo-Right worldwide, we see the fear of the foreigner and the blaming of refugees and welfare recipients for ills that often flow from structural inequality and injustice. The discourse is being reframed to that of small government, an individualistic, self-interested focus, a concentration of wealth in the world’s top 1% and […]

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