School of Law Research

Opinion: Section 44 of the constitution does not mean that nobody is eligible to be elected to parliament

August 18th, 2017

The investigations into the eligibility of elected politicians to serve as members of Parliament under Section 44 of the constitution has caused a great deal of upheaval. In an opinion piece for The Huffington Post, Murdoch University constitutional law expert Lorraine Finlay investigates.

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Criminologist urges rethink on prisoner reintegration

May 16th, 2017

A Murdoch University criminology expert has entered the debate over plans to turn a jail into a drug rehabilitation prison.

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Explainer: how Australia decides who is a genuine refugee

February 23rd, 2017

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch University’s School of Law explains the refugee determination process in Australia for the Conversation.

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Opinion: A ‘tougher’ citizenship test should not be used to further divide and exclude

January 10th, 2017

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch University’s School of Law has co-authored a piece with Professor Alex Reilly from the University of Adelaide in The Conversation, discussing the complexities of Australian citizenship.

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Opinion: Have Western Australians elected an ineligible One Nation Senate candidate?

July 13th, 2016

Law lecturer Lorraine Finlay

In an article for The Conversation, Lorraine Finlay from Murdoch’s School of Law unravels the complex legalities of whether One Nation’s lead Senate candidate in WA, Rod Culleton, is eligible to stand for election.

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Opinion: Indeed, Mr Abbott, Section 18C is “clearly a bad law”

May 16th, 2016

Lorraine Finlay

In an article for the website On Line Opinion, Murdoch University law experts argue that section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act is an unconstitutional law.

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Opinion: How does Australia's refugee per capita intake compare to other countries?

September 9th, 2015

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kennypert guide

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny examines Australia's resettlement of refugees through the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in an article in The Conversation.

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Opinion: Lashing out at the UN is not the act of a good international citizen

March 12th, 2015

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

In an article co-authored for The Conversation, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from Murdoch’s School of Law comments on Tony Abbott’s controversial response to a United Nations report which criticises Australia’s human rights record in relation to its treatment of asylum seekers and refugees.

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Factcheck: did 1200 refugees die at sea under Labor?

March 4th, 2015

Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny

In an article co-written for The Conversation, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny from the School of Law assesses the truth of Senator George Brandis’ statement that 1200 asylum seekers are estimated to have died at sea during the last Labor government.

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Opinion: Manus Island hunger strikes are a call to Australia’s conscience

January 19th, 2015

As reports of hunger strikes among asylum seekers in the Manus Island detention centre continue to emerge, Associate Professor Mary Anne Kenny is among a group of academics to argue that the Abbott government’s refusal to negotiate could lead to deaths.

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