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Malcolm Turnbull's comments about Barnaby Joyce are unwise

Opinion: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 15 August 2018.

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull may come to regret his bold statement that Barnaby Joyce is "qualified to sit in the house and the High Court will so hold". For an accomplished lawyer normally so careful about such matters, Turnbull was insensitive to the role of the High Court as the independent and final arbiter of these matters.

How a charter of rights could protect Australians’ fundamental freedoms

OPINON: Professor George Williams AO and UNSW Law alumnus Daniel Reynolds, The Conversation, 7 August 2017.

Australia’s record of human rights protection in areas such as Indigenous people, asylum seekers and freedom of speech are perennial topics of debate. The focus of these discussions is now shifting to whether Australia can take steps to establish a stronger legal framework for protecting human rights.

A charter of rights for Australia 'more urgent than ever'

Debates about freedom of speech, privacy, anti-terror laws and ASIO powers make George Williams’ book urging a national charter of rights more timely than ever.

With almost daily debates in the media about freedom of speech, privacy provisions, anti-terror laws or ASIO powers, an update of Professor George Williams’ book A Charter of Rights for Australia could not be more timely.

Professor Jane McAdam awarded prestigious international human rights prize

The Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, is the first Australian to be awarded the prestigious Calouste Gulbenkian Prize.

The Director of the Andrew & Renata Kaldor Centre for International Refugee Law at UNSW, Scientia Professor Jane McAdam, is the first Australian to be awarded the prestigious 2017 Calouste Gulbenkian Prize, sharing the prize of 100,000 Euros with the Hungarian Helsinki Committee.

Let’s give indigenous people a voice in parliament

OPINON: Professor Rosalind Dixon, The Australian, 21 July 2017.

This week the referendum council recommended a simple question be put to the people: will they support constitutional change to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders an entrenched voice in the legislative process?

Constitutional convention would offer a way forward on Aboriginal recognition

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 19 July 2017.

 The Referendum Council has released its report into how the constitution should recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

The report seeks to cut through the thicket of ideas that have grown up over a decade. It recommends that the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition pursue a single change to the constitution, namely a representative body of Indigenous peoples to advise Parliament on the making of laws.

Tony Abbott's 'solution' to Senate deadlock has its own problems

OPINION: Professor George Williams AO, the Sydney Morning Herald, 3 July 2017.

When Tony Abbott laid down his conservative manifesto last week, the immediate question was how this would affect the standing of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull. Less attention was paid to Abbott's alternative program for government. It includes a proposal for governments to bypass the Senate, which he described as the "mother of all reforms".

The homeless have no choice but to live life in public

OPINION: Amelia Thorpe, The Sydney Morning Herald, 29 June 2017.

The recent forced removal of homeless people from a camp in central Sydney raises some difficult questions, not least being whether it is reasonable for the bankers, lawyers and politicians of Martin Place to be protected from the disturbing sight of the homeless.

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