Mary Gaudron Address to the 2017 Annual Dinner - "Rethinking Trade Unionism"

I regret to inform you that you have invited a very grumpy old woman to speak to you tonight. There is much of modern life that I resent and resist. I will spare you the list but at the very top of it is the decline and demonisation of Trade Unions. I suppose I should declare at the outset that Trade Unions were an influential part of my formative years. My father was a member of and, from time to time, the local rep for the AFULE (Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Engineers). 

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The Frank Walker Memorial Lecture 2017: The Separation of Church and State — The Liberal Argument for Equal Rights for Gay and Lesbian Australians

In February last year, The Monthly published my essay It’s Time. The title was not simply channelling Labor’s 1972 campaign slogan.

It was rather a recognition of the fact that the time has come for marriage equality in Australia, and a reminder to those who deny marriage rights to gay and lesbian Australians that what we have in common matters more than the division and difference some wish to cultivate.

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One Punch Laws Spell Injustice

The NSW Society of Labor Lawyers today expressed its disappointment and concern over the passage of the Crimes and Other Legislation Amendment (Assault and Intoxication) Bill 2014 through the NSW Parliament.

The Bill creates a new offence of “assault causing death”, and an aggravated form of that offence where the offender is an adult and is intoxicated. The aggravated intoxication offence carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 8 years imprisonment.

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High Court Decision a Win for Democracy

December 18 2013

The NSW Society of Labor Lawyers today welcomed the High Court’s decision holding parts of the O’Farrell government’s campaign finance laws unconstitutional.

 

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Bad Week For Refugee Law

MEDIA RELEASE – BAD WEEK FOR REFUGEE LAW

The NSW Society of Labor Lawyers today condemned actions by the Federal Government this week to further restrict the ability of asylum seekers to access protection in Australia.

 

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