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UNSW Law Shapes Financial Conduct Reform Agenda

Alongside the attention grabbing recommendation to hold a Royal Commission into financial advising at the Commonwealth Bank, a group of UNSW Law academics has been quietly shaping the financial conduct reform agenda the Government now has before it.

Punishment not protection behind Morrison’s refugee law changes

OPINION: Professor Jane McAdam, The Conversation, 27 June 2014.

Earlier this week, immigration minister Scott Morrison introduced the Migration Amendment (Protection and Other Measures) Bill in response to a High Court decision that ruled invalid his move to cap the number of protection visas at 2773 until July 1.

UNSW outperforms in Linkage scheme

UNSW has outperformed every other university in the country to receive $10.5 million for industry-based collaborative research projects in the latest funding round from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

Thirty UNSW projects received support – the highest number nationally – in the Linkage Project scheme, which teams university researchers with industry, business and community partners to forge innovative solutions to some of the world’s biggest problems.

The UNSW winners were among 251 projects that received more than $88 million over the next four years in the funding round, announced today by Minister for Education Christopher Pyne. Under the scheme, industry partners must also make a significant cash and/or in-kind contribution to their projects.

ASIC chairman questions need for royal commission in CBA scandal

In the wake of the Senate report on the performance of ASIC, Professor Justin O'Brien, Director - Centre for Law, Markets & Regulation, speaks to both the ABC and The Australian.

Read the transcript from the ABC's The World Today here. Subscribers to The Australian can read the article 'Something rotten must be fixed' here.

PM vows to do 'damnedest' to deter extremist suspects

Nicola McGarrity comments in The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 June 2014, on the Prime Minister's vow to do "damnedest" to ensure Australians fighting with extremist groups abroad could not come home, or would be detained if they do.

Nicola McGarrity, a law lecturer at the University of NSW, said stripping people of their citizenship would be a lengthy and difficult process and would likely be subject to court challenges.

Strict uniform policies a 'monumental waste of time'

OPINION: Cathy Sherry, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 June 2014

A public high school student was prevented from attending an HSC English study day because she had dyed her hair pink.The school claimed that the dye was contrary to the uniform policy.

Slow refugee processing creates fear and uncertainty on Manus Island

OPINION: Dr Claire Higgins, The Conversation, 19 June 2014

It’s been a busy Refugee Week so far.

Government must look to Clive Palmer for support

OPINION: Professor George Williams, The Sydney Morning Herald, 19 June 2014

The negative reaction to the Abbott government’s first budget has led to rumblings that it should be blocked by the Senate.

Off-shore processing and human rights

Dr Michael Grewcock, Senior Lecturer in Criminal Law and Criminology at UNSW Law gave a keynote speech at the Public Health, Human Rights and Asylum Seeker Detention Symposium on May 27. Dr Grewcock addressed three key issues surrounding off-shore processing and human rights in Australia, in particular discussing:

- Australia’s formal human rights obligations to refugees

- The systemic breaches of these obligations, especially those arising from off-shore processing

- An alternative framework for responding to forced migration in the region

Money Makes the World Go Around? CIFR’s Financial System Inquiry Workshop

Liza Minelli got it wrong.  Money does not make the world go around.  The sun’s gravity does that. But the government’s current Financial System Inquiry is reviewing in great detail the role played by the financial system in the economy and in society.