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Author: Sally Layson

Book Release: Lost Parcel

Stories of First Fleet, Susannah and Henry Kable, convicts on First Fleet and the first Civil Case in New South Wales and how principle of equality before the law protected their rights

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Robin Speed Memorial Lecture

This lecture is named in honour of the founder of Speed and Stracey Lawyers and the Rule of Law Education Centre, Robin Speed OAM, who passed away in February 2023. The Robin Speed Memorial Lecture will be held annually to coincide with the anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta on 15 June.

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Tribute to Robin Speed

Tribute to Robin Speed OAM founder of the Rule of Law Institute of Australia and Rule of Law Education Centre

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Tribute Judge Zahra

Peter Zahra, who died this week, was much more than the NSW District Court judge who was running the embezzlement trial of Guy Sebastian’s former manager, Titus Day.

Behind the scenes Judge Zahra was one of the biggest supporters of a program that gives law and commerce students direct access to NSW courts.

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Victorian Pandemic Management bill

The Victorian governments latest pandemic legislation, the Public Health and Wellbeing Amendment (Pandemic Management) Bill 2021 has been the subject of some serious concern within the legal profession. 

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Eureka rebellion

The Eureka rebellion was a defining moment in Australian history as the beginning of true representative democracy. It resulted in important reforms being put in place to limit the power government had over the people and gave people a voice in making laws and the ability to hold decision makers to account.
This page provides an audio book reading of the book, character chards, a poster and the Eureka Debate

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Presumption of Guilt Conference

Are we witnessing the death of the presumption of innocence? And does this matter?

This is the subject of the Rule of Law conference hosted by the Rule of Law Education Centre, that will examine recent challenges to this doctrine and the threat this poses to the Australian concept of a ‘fair go’.

Speakers include Ron Hoenig MP, Margaret Cunneen, Malcolm Stewart and Chris Merritt

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Libertyworks and Implied Freedom of Political communication

Speed and Stracey recently represented Libertyworks Inc, at the High Court to seek a declaration that the registration provisions under the FITS Act were beyond the power of the Commonwealth Parliament to enact because they contravened the implied constitutional freedom of political communication

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