High Court

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Last week saw the swearing-in of Geoffrey Nettle as the High Court's 51st justice. But a dated rule means he must retire in less than six years, writes George Williams.

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The High Court decision on asylum seekers detained at sea turned on a technical reading of statutory provisions. The fact remains that Australia is accountable internationally for its actions, writes Jane McAdam.

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The Abbott government will soon make two very significant appointments to the High Court, arising from the retirements of Justices Kenneth Hayne and Susan Crennan, writes George Williams.

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The federal government may have to release or process thousands of asylum seekers, following a High Court ruling that sets significant new limits on the policy of indefinite detention, writes Joyce Chia. 

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The commonwealth has suffered three major High Court defeats that have set limits to its spending power. It's time it gets the message and recognises the rules of the game have changed, writes George Williams.

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The High Court's highly anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the school chaplaincy program could lead to a radical rethink of how the federal government spends public money, writes George Williams.

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A recent constitutional challenge to parts of Queensland's anti-bike laws provides the High Court with a platform to clarify how fundamental values are protected from legislative infringement, writes Rebecca Ananian-Welsh.  

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The recent High Court decision regarding native title rights in Western Australia has reminded governments that accepting coexistence might be wiser than insisting on extinguishment, writes Sean Brennan. 

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The High Court’s approach to decision-making underwent a major change in 2013, with a move away from the high levels of dissent seen in recent years to a more consensus outlook, an analysis has found. OPINION

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Australia's low key response to the judicial crisis in Nauru is untenable and could mean that asylum seekers will not have access to an independent justice system, writes George Williams. 

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