1982 and 1983: Critical Decisions in Australian Jurisprudence


1982 and 1983: Critical Decisions in Australian Jurisprudence

Jim Potter Meeting Room
Old Physics


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States of the Nation seminar series

Interdisciplinary discussions on research important to contemporary Australia, and Australia’s relations to the region and the world.

The 1980s was a time of tumultuous social, political and cultural change for communities all over the world. In Australia law was pivotal to those changes. In the paper I will discuss two famous High Court decisions of the 1980s - Koowarta v Bjelke-Petersen and the Tasmanian Dams case - to explore not only their legal relationship and legacy, but how the experiences of Australians with their law, on matters of race and the environment, shaped the times.

The project involved working with key participants to explore the drama of how these cases were brought before the court and decided - as well as reflecting on the cases’ ongoing significance in Australian life, law and history.

All welcome, lunch provided, no bookings required.

Presented by the Australian Centre


  • Associate Professor Ann  Genovese