You are here

George Williams

Person

George Williams

Creator Affililation: 
University of New South Wales
Creator/Contributor
75
Pageview Total: 421

Commentary

30 Aug 2017

The Constitution is not normally front-page news in Australia. Despite the profound impact it has on our politics and society, it is easy to see why.

Overall, the document is a dry and difficult read that bears out the lawyers’ language and values of the 1890s. Former senator and High...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Journal article

22 Aug 2016

The right to petition Parliament for redress of grievances spans many centuries. For much of this time, petitions served a key role in bringing the concerns of the people directly before Parliament for consideration and debate. In the Australian Parliament, petitioning has long been in decline....

Share
Geographic Coverage: 

Journal article

23 Sep 2015

Abstract

The Australian Constitution lays down a process for creating new states out of the existing states that form the Australian Federation. This article explores that process, in historical and political perspective. It examines the drafting of the relevant...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Video lecture/presentation

14 Jul 2015

Public opinion is now overwhelmingly in favour of the recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australia’s Constitution. What would be the symbolic and practical implications of such a change – and who is leading the push for a referendum?

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Journal article

25 Feb 2015

This article explores the dynamic by which once exceptional measures become normalised and then extended to new extremes.

Abstract

Since September 11, Australia’s federal Parliament has enacted a range of exceptional measures aimed at preventing terrorism. These...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Transcript

22 Oct 2014

Australia does need new anti-terror laws, but many of the measures being proposed by the Abbott government go far beyond what is required, according to this speech presented at the Lionel Murphy Memorial Lecture 2014.

Introduction

My topic today is one of great...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Research report

16 Sep 2014

Introduction: This article presents statistical information about the High Court’s decision making for 2013 at both an institutional and individual level, with an emphasis on constitutional cases as a subset of the total. The results have been compiled using the same methodology...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Video lecture/presentation

04 Feb 2014

Terra nullius was long ago exposed as a myth – and this was enshrined in law with the Mabo case in 1992. But if we acknowledge that Australia was colonised on a lie, then what should we do about it? How do we compensate for that centuries-old theft? It’s too late to reverse, but official...

Share
APO Collection(s): 
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Journal article

21 Nov 2012

This article presents statistical information about the High Court’s decision making for 2011 at both an institutional and individual level, with an emphasis on constitutional cases as a subset of the total.

The authors emphasise the importance of acknowledging the...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s): 

Journal article

17 Jul 2012

This article catalogues Australia’s record of enacting anti-terror laws since 9/11. With the benefit of perspective that a decade brings, it draws conclusions and identifies lessons about this body of law for the Australian legal system and the ongoing task of protecting the community from...

Share
Geographic Coverage: 
Broad Subject Area(s):