Tag: Anti Association Laws

The Federal Court

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Federal Court of Australia Act 1976 (Cth). William Shrubb looks back on Australia’s second highest court.

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Sir Alan Taylor

Today would have been former High Court Justice Sir Alan Taylor’s 115th birthday. William Shrubb looks back on one of the High Court’s most genial judges.

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The Rule of Reason and the Rule of Law

How does the law handle questions about what is a reasonable or unreasonable use of power? Unsurprisingly, this question about power and reasonableness is integral to the rule of law. Jack Maxwell explains…

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Summary and indictable offences

The NSW Government is currently in the process of trying to alleviate the substantial workload of the NSW District Court. One of the mechanisms through which the government proposes to do this is by introducing the option of summary proceedings for four indictable criminal offences. What does this mean? How might it help? What are some concerns? William Shrubb has a look.

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Firearms trafficking and mandatory sentences

The Federal Government has introduced new legislation to deal with firearms trafficking in Australia, but they have included a mandatory minimum sentencing scheme. William Shrubb examines the legislation.

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Book Review: ‘Saltwater’ by Cathy McLennan

Reading Saltwater has called us to consider to what extent the law can be a complete solution to social problems, and at a principled level how freedom to choose and the responsibility to protect people from harm is rarely easy or simple.

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Deaf jurors and discrimination, Part 2

Earlier this year, the Institute noted the upcoming High Court appeal of a deaf woman from Queensland who had been excluded from jury service by the registrar of Ipswich Courthouse. The High Court has now published its judgment in that matter. William Shrubb has a look.

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