Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law


Brandis v Dreyfus: the 2016 pre-election legal affairs debate

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 as...
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The problem of authority and the proposal for an Indigenous advisory body

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...

2008 Constitutional Law Conference

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 Law: The...

Fishing case tests economic waters for traditional owners

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...

'The intelligence of a future day': The vindication of constitutional dissent in the High Court of Australia 1981-2003

The ability of dissents to pave the way for change in the law is regularly cited as one of their virtues. But this examination of a period of the court’s recent history shows that the direct reversal of a precedent in favour of the minority...