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Legal restrictions on use of 'Anzac'

Dr Catherine Bond speaks to ABC RN's Law Report (19 April 2016) about the 100th anniversary of the legal restriction on the use of the word 'Anzac'. 

"There is no comparator really to the legal regulation of Anzac. You can't even sell a product that has the word 'Anzac' on it without permission from the Minister of Veterans' Affairs. And we still have those very extensive restrictions on the use as a name of a home and place. So it's a one-of-a-kind word around the world."

PNG court decision forces Australia to act on Manus Island detainees

OPINION: Madeline Gleeson, The Conversation, 27 April 2016.

A five-judge panel of Papua New Guinea’s Supreme Court has held unanimously that the detention of asylum seekers at the Australian-built detention facility on Manus Island is unconstitutional and illegal under PNG law. That detention must end immediately.

What is the background to this case? And what might the implications be for Australia’s offshore detention regime?

Where did the case come from?

The UK Human Rights Act debate

OPINION: Professor George WilliamsLaw Society Journal, April 2016.

The long-running debate over the future of the UK Human Rights Act 1998 has reverberated around the common law world and all the way to Australia.

This is because the Act is more than just an instrument of human rights protection for Britain. It stands as a leading example internationally on how rights can be safeguarded without constitutional entrenchment or conferring supremacy upon the judiciary.

Stripping of citizenship a loss in more ways than one

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 17 April 2016.

A Citizenship Loss Board has been created within the federal bureaucracy to enable dual nationals to be stripped of their Australian citizenship. It will consider the cases of more than 100 Australians involved in the conflicts in Iraq and Syria. Despite first meeting in February, the board is not mentioned on any government website, and its members have not been revealed. We know only that it comprises intelligence and police officers, and officials from a range of government departments.

Buskers enrich our streets and laws don’t have to hinder – they can help

OPINION: OPINION: Professor Luke McNamara and Julia Quilter, The Conversation, 14 April 2016.

Street performers have been part of cityscapes for centuries, yet buskers have often had an ambiguous relationship with the law. At various times they have been policed as “beggars in disguise,” or treated as an urban nuisance.

Recent decades have seen an about-face, with many city governments embracing buskers as a cultural and commercial asset, putting in place rules that both encourage and control busking.

How ‘tough on crime’ politics flouts death-in-custody recommendations

OPINION: Professor Chris Cunneen, The Conversation, 14 April 2016.  

Whatever might be said about its successes and failures, it’s clear that 25 years after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody tabled its final report, Australia has become much less compassionate, more punitive and more ready to blame individuals for their alleged failings.

Taking music to the streets

Local government often gets a bad rap for over regulating activity in public places such as busking but a new study shows city councils in Sydney and Melbourne help promote and celebrate street performers.

In the face of heavy government regulation, including the threat of arrest, UK buskers are organising an International Busking Day for later this year to counter misconceptions about street performers.

Eye On Alumni - Chido Dunn

Ever wonder how to marry your passion with your legal skills and then turn them into a full time job? Chido Dunn (BA/LLB ’07), Senior Campaigner at Global Witness, has done just that.  Based in the UK, this UNSW Law alumna has found herself in a distinctly varied and exciting line of work. No two days are the same in a career that sees her tackling major human rights issues. Chido explains how she landed a dynamic role that both inspires and challenges her on a daily basis. 

Three words to describe you:
Energetic, positive and curious.

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