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Against All Odds

The history of the United Firefighters Union (UFU) in Queensland is an unusual and inspiring story. In an era of large amalgamated unions it remains a small union, servicing the special needs of firefighters and at a time when only 20 percent of Australian workers belong to a trade union the UFU still commands the loyalty of virtually all Queensland …

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The Aboriginal People, Parliament and ‘Protection’

Doukakis draws upon 60 years of NSW parliamentary debates to investigate early attitudes towards Aborigines, and towards policies and legislation which affected them. She shows that the men elected to the first democratic Parliament in NSW in 1856, and their successors to 1916, held wide-ranging views on Aborigines. Some even actively supported their inclusion in colonial society. Their debates ranged …

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Sir Frederick Darley

J M Bennett’s Sir Frederick Darley, the new biography in his acclaimed Lives of the Australian Chief Justices series, describes in fascinating detail one of the most extraordinary episodes in Australian judicial history. In November 1886, the circumstances being unprecedented, New South Wales had three successive Chief Justices. On 4 November Sir James Martin died in office. Attorney-General Want, pressing …

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Reluctant Democrat

Aristocrat by birth, autocrat by nature, and officer of the Royal Engineers by training, Sir William Denison became a Governor in Australia in the mid 19th century at a time of momentous change. Arriving in Tasmania in 1847, he provided strong and controversial leadership while debate on convict transportation raged. His support for its continuance (he had the convicts doing …

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Julius Stone: A Study in Influence

The issues which occupied Julius Stone are still of profound importance and interest to judges and practitioners, solicitors and law teachers. The context changes, but the problems remain. … this collection is an appropriate recognition of his continuing influence — Murray Gleeson AC Scholars from Australia and overseas explore the striking and continuing influence of Julius Stone to legal theory …

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Jessie Street

Jessie Street was a key figure in Australian political life for over 50 years. She was the only Australian woman delegate at the founding of the United Nations in 1945; the initiator of the 1967 “Aboriginal” amendment of the Australian Constitution; the colleague of Pablo Picasso on the World Peace Council Executive; and a controversial promoter of the Soviet Union …

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I Like A Clamour

The controversial career of John Walpole Willis is re-evaluated in the first comprehensive study of his legal career. Willis, the fifth judge to be appointed to the Supreme Court of New South Wales, served in three colonies, and in each place he wrestled with the role of the law in a rapidly-changing society. In Upper Canada, he confronted the colony’s …

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Mining Law and Policy

Mining Law and Policy: International Perspectives explains the key legal issues in the regulation of mining. The book starts with an overview of the mineral sector and broader forces which influence (and are impacted by) mineral regulation including mineral economics, sustainable development and other policy considerations. In addition to a broad summary of how governments regulate mining, the book follows …

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Military Law in Colonial Australia

This book breaks new ground in reviewing the naval and military law of the Australian colonies before their federation in 1901. Its particular focus is on the disciplinary codes contained in Acts of Parliament and subordinate legislation. A disciplinary code takes a certain form having regard to the nature of the force to which it is to apply, which in …

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Military Law in Australia

Cover image: Woman leading blind soldier (1917) by Clare Sheridan Sculpture Australian War Memorial, Canberra ART19568 © Jonathan Frewen Military Law in Australia covers contemporary legal practice in a military context. It is written by a stable of experts drawn from the profession, including a judicial officer, barristers, legal practitioners within Defence, legal academics, and public lawyers in government and …

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Managing Mining Hazards

Over the last 15 years the coal mining industry has achieved impressive gains in its work health and safety (WHS) performance. These are widely attributed to the development of a new WHS architecture based on structured risk management concepts and WHS management systems. Regulators too have sought to harness this approach in the development of a new form of “management …

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Managed Investment Schemes

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, as at 30 June 2011 the managed funds industry had approximately $1,824 billion of funds under management. Therefore the managed investment scheme is very important to the Australian economy. Despite this importance, the law concerning the managed investment schemes has historically formed only a small part of the Corporations legislation although the case …

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Long Term Contracts

Australia’s prosperous energy and resources sector is founded on long term contracts. Long term contracts give rise to a variety of difficult conceptual and practical issues that must be confronted by commercial lawyers and energy and resource professionals on a daily basis, ranging from negotiation and documentation through to interpretation and breach. Questions as to the operation, nature, and effect …

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Leading Cases in Contract Law

This book provides a summary of the 100 most cited cases in the law of contract and related subjects. Each case note contains an outline of the facts, the issues and the decision, an extract of the most frequently cited portions of the judgment, and commentary outlining the principles for which the case stands and incorporating later decisions on the …

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Key Issues in Judicial Review

This book is the NSW Bar Association’s lecture series on the key issues in judicial review. It emphasises essential learning for the public law practitioner, whether solicitor, barrister or judicial officer, that is not easily accessed elsewhere. The collection opens with Justice Patrick Keane’s reflections on the role of the courts in public law processes. It has an overview of …

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Justice in Tribunals

Justice in Tribunals, now in its 5th edition, deals with the law relating to quasi-judicial authorities of government, professions, sporting organisations, industrial, political and commercial associations and their supervision by the regular courts. By no means confined to general principles, it treats in detail due process before proceedings commence, urgent action, proper notice of issues to be decided, the right …

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Accommodating Australians

Accommodating Australians explores the rise and fall of public housing during a prolonged period of generous Government support for home ownership while forcing the poor to pay more for their accommodation. The book discusses the way in which Commonwealth initiative led to the States adopting town planning processes that due to State departure from historic approaches to the provision of …

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For The True Believers

Front cover images: Bob Hawke, ACTU Congress, 15 September 1979 (Fairfax, © Michael Rayner); Gough Whitlam on the steps of Parliament House, 11 November 1975 (Australian Labor Party); Paul Keating, National Press Club, March 1996 Election Campaign (Newspix); John Curtin, wartime rally, 1942 (Fairfax). Graham Freudenberg, Australia’s greatest speechwriter, says “the Australian Labor Party was built on speeches.” This book …

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Joint Ventures Law in Australia

Following upon the success of the 2nd edition published in 2005, this new edition not only updates its predecessor but also adds considerable new material in consequences of changes in the law generally and commercial approaches to financing joint ventures in particular. Of special note are the following Financing of Joint Ventures has been completely re-written with considerable additions to …

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Sir Richard Hanson

Sir Richard Hanson was much more than a Judge – although he was an important Judge in his time. Before he became Chief Justice of South Australia in 1861, he was: a participant in a major government enquiry on Canada which laid the foundations for democratic self-government not only there, but in Australia and New Zealand as well; a co-founder …

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