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You're invited to attend the Territory of Marriage seminar in Brisbane
· March 06, 2014 11:00 AM
Professor Patrick Parkinson AM (left) from the Sydney Law School will be speaking at a seminar in Brisbane on
The Territory of Marriage: Constitutional law, marriage law and family policy in the ACT Same Sex Marriage Case.
Professor Parkinson is a specialist in family law and child protection. In 2012, he participated in ACL's marriage webcast which you can watch by following
Walter Sofronoff QC, Solicitor-General of Queensland, will be the commentator on the night.
The event is part of the Current Constitutional Controversies colloquium series dedicated to the discussion of the most important constitutional cases decided by the High Court of Australia each year.
This first seminar will be held on
Wednesday 19 March 2014
and will run from 5.30pm-7.30pm.
It will be held at the University of Queensland's Library Conference Room, Level 12, Queen Elizabeth II Courts of Law, 415 George St, Brisbane. The event will be followed by light refreshments.
Registrations close Wednesday 12 March.
Click here for more information and to register.
Dan Flynn on the Political Spot
· March 19, 2013 11:00 AM
Dan Flynn is the Victorian Director of the Australian Christian Lobby. He was a delegate at the
Religious Freedoms Conference: The scope and limits of religious freedom in Australia
recently held at the University of Sydney. He spoke to the ACL's Katherine Spackman about the conference.
NSW same-sex marriage inquiry told state doesn't have power to redefine marriage
· March 07, 2013 11:00 AM
A NSW parliamentary inquiry into same-sex marriage has been told the state government doesn't have the power to redefine marriage.
The NSW Parliament's Social Issues Committee held its first public hearings in Sydney yesterday. The Committee heard evidence from eminent constitutional and family law experts from across Australia.
University of Sydney law professor Patrick Parkinson told the inquiry the state government, "could not deliver what the [same-sex marriage] advocates want it to deliver."
Witnesses at yesterday's hearing described the serious and significant legal impediments preventing states from trying to go-it-alone on marriage laws.
A number of witnesses referred to a 2004 amendment to the federal Marriage Act which defined marriage as the union of a man and a woman. They argued the federal parliament had sought to "cover the field" and there was no room for states to redefine marriage.
Last year the Tasmanian parliament rejected a bill that sought to redefine marriage in that state. South Australia is also considering similar legislation.
The NSW inquiry will hold its second and final public hearing next week and is expected to present its final report by July 2013.
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