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The Commonwealth v The Australian Capital Territory: Marriage Equality in the High Court

The Commonwealth v The Australian Capital Territory: Marriage Equality in the High Court

On Thursday the High Court of Australia effectively struck down the nation’s first same-sex marriage laws. But ...
Australian judge lays down gauntlet for proponents of human rights instruments

Australian judge lays down gauntlet for proponents of human rights instruments

Last week we featured a post by Professor Brice Dickson on whether the common law would adequately fill any void ...
True Reconciliation Requires a Treaty

True Reconciliation Requires a Treaty

Treaties are accepted around the world as the means of reaching a settlement between Indigenous peoples and those ...
Wedding Crashers in Canberra?

Wedding Crashers in Canberra?

The Australian Capital Territory made Australian history this week as the first Australian jurisdiction to provide ...
The Tasmanian Dams Case, 30 Years On – Unfulfilled Promises

The Tasmanian Dams Case, 30 Years On – Unfulfilled Promises

The landmark Australian Tasmanian Dams case celebrated its 30th anniversary in August 2013. This case was a turning
Ten Thousand Miles from Wall Street: Muldoon v. Melbourne City Council

Ten Thousand Miles from Wall Street: Muldoon v. Melbourne City Council

Melbourne is ten thousand miles from Wall Street. And yet, as a Federal Court of Australia decision demonstrated ...
Bugmy v The Queen: Exploring the Significance of Indigenous Background in Sentencing

Bugmy v The Queen: Exploring the Significance of Indigenous Background in Sentencing

Bugmy v The Queen provides the High Court of Australia with its first opportunity in thirty years to rule on the ...
Refugee rights and the lucky country:  Does Australia’s regional resettlement plan violate human rights?

Refugee rights and the lucky country: Does Australia’s regional resettlement plan violate human rights?

Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has announced that people who come by boat to Australia and claim asylum will ...
A Human Rights Act for Australia: a transfer of power to the High Court, or a more democratic form of judicial decision-making?

A Human Rights Act for Australia: a transfer of power to the High Court, or a more democratic form of judicial decision-making?

Australia is the only Western country without some form of a national Bill of Rights. In 2008, the National Human ...
Independent Review of Australian Anti-Terrorism Laws: An Effective Oversight Mechanism?

Independent Review of Australian Anti-Terrorism Laws: An Effective Oversight Mechanism?

On Tuesday 14 May, the second report of Australia’s Independent National Security Legislation Monitor was tabled in
LGBTI Federal Anti-Discrimination laws are a significant first step

LGBTI Federal Anti-Discrimination laws are a significant first step

By Heidi Yates- The proposed introduction of ‘sexual orientation’, ‘gender identity’ and ‘intersex status’ as ...
Freedom of political communication and offensive speech in Australia

Freedom of political communication and offensive speech in Australia

By Boxun Yin - In Monis v The Queen [2013] HCA 4, the High Court of Australia considered the unique Australian ...

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