The Samuel Griffith Society: Sixteenth Conference

Pacific International Suites Hotel
305 Murray Street
Perth, WA 6000
12-14 March, 2004


Conference Programme

Friday, 12 March, 2004

6.45 pm Registration and Drinks

7.30 pm Dinner: Chairman: Rt Hon Sir Harry Gibbs, GCMG, AC, KBE

Hon Bill Hassell, AM: The State of the Law


Saturday, 13 March, 2004

8.30 am Registration (for those unable to attend the opening Dinner)

8.50 am Conference Opening Remarks: John Stone

Session 1: The Prime Minister's Attack on the Senate
Chairman: Sir Bruce Watson, AC

9.00 am Harry Evans: Why the Prime Minister's Proposals would Dismantle the Constitution

9.30 am Discussion

9.45 am Professor Malcolm Mackerras: Prime Ministers and Reform of the Senate

10.15 am Discussion


10.30 am Morning Tea

11.00 am Ray Evans: The Answer to the Prime Minister's Section 57 Dilemma

11.30 am Discussion

Session 2: The High Court in Mabo Revisited
Chairman: Ray Evans

11.45 am Dr Michael Connor: Error Nullius Revisited

12.15 am Discussion


12.30 pm Luncheon

Session 3: The Role of the Crown
Chairman: Professor David Flint, AM

2.15 pm Sir David Smith, KCVO, AO: The Role of State Governors: An Endangered Species?

2.45 pm Discussion

3.00 pm Professor Gregory Melleuish: Federalism and the Crown

3.30 pm Discussion


3.45 pm Afternoon Tea

Session 4: Judicial Activism
Chairman: John Stone

4.15 pm Professor Greg Craven: Judicial Activism

4.45 pm Discussion


5.00 pm Adjourned

Free Time

7.00 pm Drinks

7.30 pm Dinner: Chairman: Rt Hon Sir Harry Gibbs, GCMG, AC, KBE

Address: Rob O'Connor, QC: The Constitutional Centre of Western Australia


Sunday, 14 March, 2004

Session 5: The High Court and Western Australia
Chairman: Gillian Lord

9.30 am Dr James Edelman: Parliamentary Sovereignty in the High Court

10.00 am Discussion


10.15 am Morning Tea

Session 6: Rights and the Constitution
Chairman: Bevan Lawrence

10.45 am Jim Thomson: Federalism as a Structural Bill of Rights

11.15 am Discussion


Session 7: Northern Territory Statehood
Chairman: Bevan Lawrence

11.30 am Professor Bob Catley: The Northern Territory: Seventh State or Internal Colony?

12.00 noon Discussion

12.15 pm Conference Concludes


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