The Indigenous Barristers Working Party invites you to a night at King Lear

Mon Mar 01 2010

The Indigenous Barristers' Strategy Working Party invites you to King Lear, at the Sydney Opera House, Drama Theatre on Friday, 12 March 2010 at 7.30pm. Celebrate the 20th year of Bell Shakespeare as John Bell leads some of Australia’s most respected actors and exciting new talent, including Leah Purcell, Aboriginal actor and producer. Leah supports the Indigenous Barristers Trust and produced a short promotional DVD on opportunities in the legal profession for Indigenous law students and law graduates with a special emphasis on opportunities at the NSW Bar. Order your tickets now! Remember: nothing will come of nothing!

(Duration: Approximately 3 hours including one 20 minute interval).

8 March 2010

Cases selected for reporting in FCR by V Kline

Mon Mar 01 2010

Final reminder: AACL seminar on Aboriginal property rights (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Mar 01 2010

The Australian Association of Constitutional Law will host a seminar on "The High Court and Aboriginal Land 2008/09 – Constitutional Issues and the Strength of Aboriginal Property Rights", to be held tomorrow, 9 March 2010 at 5:30 pm in Court 18 B, Queens Square (members only). The paper will be delivered by Mr Sean Brennan (senior lecturer, University of New South Wales).� Commentators will be� the Hon Justice John Basten (New South Wales Court of Appeal); and the Hon Justice Jayne Jagot (Federal Court of Australia). The Hon Murray Gleeson AC will chair the seassion.

This is the first of 5-6 events for AACL in 2010� (a new program will be released soon). To become a member, download an application form or join at the door, just prior to the event. Annual membership fee is $50.00.

Summary of paper:

In 2008–09, the High Court determined four Aboriginal land rights and native title cases: Northern Territory v Arnhem Land Aboriginal Land Trust (2008) 236 CLR 24; Griffiths v Minister for Lands, Planning and Environment (2008) 235 CLR 232; Minister Administering the Crown Lands Act v New South Wales Aboriginal Land Council (2008) 249 ALR 602; and Wurridjal v Commonwealth (2009) 252 ALR 232 (the ‘Intervention’ case). This paper considers several important issues of constitutional and statutory interpretation raised by the cases: the meaning of ‘acquisition of property on just terms’ (s 51(xxxi)) in the context of Aboriginal property rights and the amendment of land rights legislation, the reinterpretation of the territories power (s 122), and the intersection of territorial fishing licences and exclusive possession rights in the intertidal zone. The paper will also address broader public law issues such as the use of compulsory acquisition powers to transfer land from one private owner to another, whether traditional canons of interpretation protect Aboriginal property rights, and how far governments have to go to put land beyond claim. It also offers observations on the resulting contrast between the federal system of native title and property rights conferred under NSW and NT land rights legislation.

8 March 2010

Lunch with the ombudsman (ADVERTISEMENT)

Mon Mar 01 2010

NSW Council for Civil Liberties takes great pleasure in inviting members to lunch with NSW Ombudsman Bruce Barbour on Friday, 12 March 2010 at 12:30pm. An independent and well resourced ombudsman is essential to the protection of civil liberties. Bruce Barbour was appointed NSW ombudsman in June 2000. His background is in law with a particular specialty in administrative law. Before being appointed he was a senior member of the Commonwealth Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) for nine years and was also a member of the Casino Control Authority. Prior to being appointed to the bench of the AAT, Bruce was director of the Licensing Division of the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal (now the Australian Broadcasting Authority).

Time: Friday, 12 March 2010, 12:30pm Location: Strangers’ Dining Room, Parliament House, Macquarie St, Sydney Cost: $85 (NSWCCL Member) $95 (Non-member) $680 (Table of Eight) RSVP No later than Friday, 5 March 2010

1 March 2010