Upcoming Events

  • Constitutional Conundrums: The Rise and Fall (?) of an Eligibility Crisis

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018 at 06:00 PM
    Maurice Blackburn Lawyers, Lv 32, 201 Elizabeth Street, Sydney NSW 2000
    The eligibility crisis in Australia was drawn out, brutal and unexpected. After nearly a year of High Court deliberation and judgment, section 44 is no longer an unknown commodity at kitchen tables around Australia. A handful of judgments, more than 10 parliamentarians rendered ineligible, and 15 by-elections and Senate recounts - the crisis spanned all five disqualifying limbs of section 44. In the space of a year more litigation arose from section 44 than in any other time in our constitution’s history.
    At the near end of the crisis, the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers are bringing you two experts in the field for a Q&A on the intricacies of this chapter in constitutional history. Was there a theme in the Court’s approach to constitutional interpretation? What grey areas still remain? And where next (if anywhere at all) for section 44 reform?
    We will be joined by Professor George Williams AO, Dean of UNSW Law and author of the leading textbook “Blackshield and Williams: Australian Constitutional Law And Theory”, and Professor Helen Irving FASSA, constitutional law professor at the University of Sydney, author of “Five Things to Know about the Australian Constitution”, and most recently “Citizenship, Alienage, and the Modern Constitutional State: A Gendered History”.

    The panel will be moderated by James Mack, junior counsel in the cases Re Gallagher and Alley v Gillespie.

    Attendees must register online using the below form prior to the event. Questions can also be submitted prior to the event using the online form available here. We encourage you to submit your question early for consideration.
  • Annual Dinner 2018: With the Hon Diana Bryant AO QC

    Friday, November 30, 2018 at 06:30 PM
    Sky Phoenix, 188 Pitt Street, Sydney · $80.00 AUD

    You are invited to attend the 2018 Annual Dinner of the NSW Society of Labor Lawyers, with guest speaker former Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia the Hon Diana Bryant AO QC.

    Ms Bryant was appointed Chief Justice of the Family Court of Australia on 5 July 2004 and retired in October 2017. Prior to that, Ms Bryant was the first female Chief Federal Magistrate of Australia.

    The 2018 Annual Dinner is being held at Sky Phoenix Sydney and will coincide with the launch of the 2018 edition of Legal Tweaks.

    Members, friends, partners and fellow travellers are welcome.

    Tickets can be purchased below for $120 general admission or $80 for students/recent graduates. A table of 10 can be purchased at a discounted rate of $1,000. Tickets include banquet dinner and alcohol.

    This event is proudly sponsored by Maurice Blackburn Lawyers.

    The Annual Dinner will immediately follow the Society's Annual General Meeting. Further details on the AGM will be provided to members shortly. 

    Purchase your tickets using the form below.