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Albert Bathurst Piddington

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Australasian and Pacific History.

(1862–1945)

qualified in law but chose to teach, including five years at the University of Sydney where his circle of friends included Christopher Brennan. In 1895 he was elected...

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Andrew Inglis Clark

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Australasian and Pacific History.

(1848–1907)

was a federationist who helped draft the Commonwealth constitution. A lawyer and parliamentarian in Tasmania, he was an advanced liberal and admirer of the USA with a...

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basic wage

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Australasian and Pacific History.

Sometimes also referred to as a ‘living wage’ or ‘minimum wage’. The principle of a basic wage was most famously enunciated by H. B. Higgins in the ‘Harvester Judgment’: Ex ...

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double dissolution

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Australasian and Pacific History.

The termination by order of the Governor-General of both houses of parliament, necessitating an election for the House of Representatives and the whole Senate rather than half of the Senate...

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Engineers Case

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Australasian and Pacific History.

Of 1920 marked an important shift in the judicial interpretation of the Commonwealth Constitution and significantly enlarged the powers of the federal government. The High Court was asked...

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Makarrata

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Australasian and Pacific History.

A Yolngu word commonly interpreted as ‘coming together after a struggle’. The former National Aboriginal Conference passed a resolution in 1979, calling for a Makarrata between the...

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National trusts

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Australasian and Pacific History.

Were formed in NSW in 1947, SA in 1955, and Victoria in 1956, followed by WA, Tasmania and Qld. Campaigns to conserve native bushland, like Sydney's Kuring-Gai National Park, and ...

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Reserve Bank of Australia

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History — Law.

The RBA was created by the Reserve Bank Act 1959 (Cth) as Australia's central bank, whose main responsibility is monetary policy. Other major roles of the RBA are to maintain ...

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Samuel Walker Griffith

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History — Law.

(born 21 June 1845; died 9 August 1920; Chief Justice 1903–19)

had a political and legal career of great distinction. He was twice Premier of Queensland, and then Chief Justice,...

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