Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law

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The Gilbert and Tobin Centre of Public Law in the Faculty of Law plays a prominent, independent role in public debate on issues vital to Australia's future including Charters of Rights, federal reform, reconciliation and native title, refugees and migration law and the challenges of responding to terrorism. The Centre is a focal point for research and discussion of these and other questions of public law for the academic, professional and wider community. The Centre's Members, Postgraduate Students and Visitors seek to actively engage with government, the legal profession and broader community through research, teaching, media and consultancy work and events including conferences and seminars.

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22 Jun 2016

In the run-up to the 2016 federal election, the Pre-Election Legal Affairs Debate featured the Attorney-General, Senator the Hon George Brandis QC, and the Shadow-Attorney-General, the Hon Mark Dreyfus QC MP.

The debate explored the policies of the Coalition and the Australian Labor Party...

Journal article

26 Aug 2015

INTRODUCTION: Proposals for the establishment of an Indigenous advisory body within the Australian Constitution are genuinely innovative and exciting. Designing such a body is a challenge. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Australians have long sought better political representation. Indigenous Australians constitute approximately 3 per cent...


5 Mar 2008

Papers from this conference are now available. Speakers were:

Associate Professor Graeme Orr, University of Queensland The Right to Vote in Australia: Roach v Electoral Commissioner

Dr Andrew Lynch and Professor George Williams, University of New South Wales The High Court on Constitutional...


5 Mar 2008

Can Northern Territory fishers trawl coastal waters that lie within the boundaries of Aboriginal land, without the consent of traditional owners? That was the legal question tested in the High Court over two days in early December 2007. The answer, due later this year, will...



23 Aug 2007

Kevin Andrews acted precipitately and in error on Mohamed Haneef, writes ANDREW LYNCH

YESTERDAY’S decision by the Federal Court to quash the revocation of Dr Mohamed Haneef’s visa throws the government’s role in the affair back under the spotlight. Not only does the...

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