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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission  

Have emerged from the indigenous adaptation to colonisation and from efforts to govern indigenous Australians more effectively and equitably.Though there were episodes of collective action by ...
Aboriginal politics (historical)

Aboriginal politics (historical)  

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Even though people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent constitute less than 2 per cent of Australia's population, their rights, status and circumstances have become major issues in ...
Administration of Court

Administration of Court  

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The administration of the Court underwent its most significant change in 1980. The reforms introduced by the High Court of Australia Act 1979 (Cth) replaced the long-standing arrangement under which ...
administrative law

administrative law  

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The branch of public law governing the exercise of powers and duties by public authorities. It is particularly concerned with the control of public power by judicial review and by non-judicial ...
Alfred Deakin

Alfred Deakin  

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(1856–1919)Australian statesman and three times prime minister (1903–04; 1905–08; 1909–10), who played a major role in the early development of the Commonwealth.Born and educated in Melbourne, the ...
annual report

annual report  

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The report on an incorporated company's affairs that must be sent to shareholders after the end of the financial year. Such reports include an audited statement of the company's affairs ...
Appeal book

Appeal book  

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The documents that are to be considered in an appeal before the High Court are bound into a volume or volumes known as the appeal book. The documents include the ...
Appointment of Justices

Appointment of Justices  

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The appointment of Justices to the High Court is frequently a matter of some speculation and, given the role of the Court, its nature as a political institution, and the ...
Argument before the Court

Argument before the Court  

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Has been influenced both in style and substance by the Justices who have comprised the Bench during any given period of the Court's history. While counsel have rarely been able ...
asylum seekers

asylum seekers  

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Is someone who is at risk of persecution for their religious or political beliefs in their country of origin and because of this is seeking residency and employment in a different country. [See ...
Barwick Court

Barwick Court  

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(27 April 1964–11 February 1981).The history of the Court during Barwick's term as Chief Justice may be divided into two periods. Initially, Barwick sat with Justices who were contemporaries ...
Ben Chifley

Ben Chifley  

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Joseph Benedict Chifley (1885–1951), prime minister from 1945 to 1949, is perhaps best remembered for popularising the term, ‘the light on the hill’, to encapsulate the Labor Party's idealistic ...
Bench

Bench  

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N.1 Literally, the seat of a judge in court. The bench is usually in an elevated position at one side of the court room facing the seats of counsel and solicitors.2 A group of judges or magistrates ...
Black-armband history

Black-armband history  

A phrase coined by Geoffrey Blainey in his Latham Lecture (Quadrant, 1993), signified a pessimistic reading of Australian history which, he contended, had gained undue acceptance. Earlier generations ...
Budget of Court

Budget of Court  

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The Court's funding and financial arrangements have in many ways been contentious. John Quick and others strongly opposed the establishment of the Court for reasons of cost. Financial arrangements, ...
chambers

chambers  

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Pl. n.1 The offices occupied by a barrister or group of barristers. (The term is also used for the group of barristers practising from a set of chambers.)2 The private office of a judge, master, or ...
Chief Executive and Principal Registrar

Chief Executive and Principal Registrar  

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The Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) provided for the appointment of a Principal Registrar to be located at the Principal Registry of the High Court, with a District Registrar at every ...
circuit system

circuit system  

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The system of dividing England and Wales into regional circuits for the purpose of court administration. It is based upon the traditional regional groupings adopted by the Bar and consists of the ...
Civil procedure

Civil procedure  

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One of the eleven core subjects a law student must pass to qualify as a candidate for admission to practise law. See Priestley eleven.Civil procedure is the process by ...
COAG

COAG  

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The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is a heads of government forum overseeing intergovernmental relations. It is chaired by the prime minister and comprises the six state premiers, the two ...

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