What the hell is going on in this country’s collective psyche?
For those following public opinion polls on the monarchy, the past couple of weeks have been confusing to say the least. But they sure are revealing.
Before the Easter break, the halls of the law school were rife with murmurs of a rumour whose content and importance had become more inflated than Clive Palmer’s sense of self.
Spotted: two law students who refused to let me into the law building 20 minutes before it opened during the break. ‘Sorry,’ they simpered through the glass. ‘The building opens at 10:00.’
The law ball is not an equal access event. At $130 per ticket, the price for an evening of drinking, dancing and fancy eating is a steep one, and many students are being priced out of the experience.
The International Law Association (ILA) was founded in Brussels in 1873 and its present-day headquarters are in London. Its purpose is the study, clarification and development of both public and private international law.
A new initiative for engaging with Asia has come up this year, called the Asia-Pacific Youth Organisation (APYO). The APYO originated at the Australian National University in 2010 with the mission of increasing engagement among young leaders about the key issues facing the Asia-Pacific region, including law, business, and politics.
Nearly four years after the initial application, Australia has won its case against Japan regarding “Japan’s continued pursuit of a large-scale program of whaling under the Second Phase of its Japanese Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic (JARPA II)”.
While the Royal Commission into Trade Union Governance and Corruption (the Heydon Royal Commission) is a source of consternation for some, it will doubtless lead to significant change in the culture and politics of trade unions, and no doubt the laws which govern them.
Last month I attended a professional networking event held by a Melbourne think tank. Eager to get my schmooze on and charm potential employers (or people who could help me get in touch with potential employers), I brushed up on my ‘conversation topics’ flash cards and set out to get as many business cards from old white men as I could.
Bromberg J in Eatock v Bolt  FCA 1103 found that Andrew Bolt and the Herald and Weekly Times Pty Ltd (“HWT”) had contravened s 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth) (“RDA”). In two newspaper columns and a number of blog posts, Mr Bolt argued (essentially) that fair-skinned aborigines had no legitimate claim to aboriginal identity and had merely pretended to be aboriginal to exact financial or career benefits. Following something of an outcry, the Coalition promised to repeal s 18C if elected. Last week, the Exposure Draft of the repeal legislation was released and the raucous debate returned.
The first day of classes for the semester will have me feeling that my sartorial elegance is not only achievable every day, but mandatory. Hair is washed and straightened, make up fresh, red lips perfectly applied with none on my teeth even, my outfit clean and ironed and I'm in matching underwear top it off.
Every week, DM will be reviewing a nearby pub meal to help you navigating the archipelago of drinking holes and student specials at your doorstep.
Have you ever dreamt of writing about something that does not pertain to law?
Many thanks to everyone who turned up at today's AGM!
The results of the election were:
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