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Anne Twomey

Anne Twomey

Professor of Constitutional Law, University of Sydney
Anne Twomey has practised as a solicitor and is admitted to practice in New South Wales, Victoria, the ACT, and the High Court. She has worked for the High Court of Australia as a Senior Research Officer, the Commonwealth Parliamentary Research Service as a researcher in the Law and Government Group, the Commonwealth Senate as Secretary to the Senate Legal and Constitutional Committee, and The Cabinet Office of NSW as Policy Manager of the Legal Branch. She has acted as a consultant to various government bodies.

Federal Court finds border closures safest way to protect public health in Clive Palmer case

Aug 26, 2020 11:19 am UTC| Politics

Clive Palmers legal challenge to the Western Australian border closures seems less likely to succeed after findings made by the Federal Court. Palmer started his case in the High Court, arguing the Western Australian...

Australian states are shutting their borders to stop coronavirus. Is that actually allowed?

Mar 23, 2020 11:58 am UTC| Law

Movement of people and goods across state borders in Australia is guaranteed by the Constitution. Section 92 of the Constitution says trade, commerce, and intercourse among the States, whether by means of internal...

Explainer: what is the 'palace letters' case and what will the High Court consider?

Feb 04, 2020 12:18 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

The dismissal of the Whitlam government in 1975 remains as controversial as ever. Its last chapter is to be decided by the High Court, with proceedings about public access to the letters between the governor-general, Sir...

The UK Supreme Court ruling on suspending parliament is a warning for Australian politicians

Sep 28, 2019 13:46 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law

The UK Supreme Courts finding that Boris Johnsons suspension of parliament (or prorogation) was unlawful has raised the question of whether similar judicial action could be taken to challenge a controversial prorogation in...

Why a government would be mad to advise the refusal of royal assent to a bill passed against its will

Jan 29, 2019 12:27 pm UTC| Insights & Views Law Politics

In both the United Kingdom and Australia there is speculation that controversial bills may be passed against the will of the government. If so, could the government advise that the bill be refused royal assent the last...

Explainer: is Peter Dutton ineligible to sit in parliament?

Aug 21, 2018 16:28 pm UTC| Insights & Views Politics

Section 44 of the Constitution has struck down many a politician in the past year but is it powerful enough to take down the Minister for Home Affairs, Peter Dutton? This time it is not dual citizenship under s44(i) that...

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Economy

Afghanistan inks $160 million solar and wind power deal with US, Turkey, India.

Afghanistan signed a $160 million solar photovoltaic and wind power project deal with the US Agency for International Development (USAID), Turkey, and India that will bolster its grid by 110 megawatts in the next 16...

UAE, Israel eye energy, infrastructure cooperation

The energy ministers of the UAE and Israel explored possible investment opportunities in energy, infrastructure, oil, gas, and renewable energy in a video call on Wednesday. The two countries also focused on advanced...

S. Korean healthcare and cosmetics exports surge 42% in August

South Korea exported US$1.69 billion worth of pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, and medical devices in August, up 42 percent from a year ago. According to data from the Korea Health Industry Development Institute (KHIDI), the...

CaixaBank's acquisition of Bankia to create Spain's largest bank

CaixaBank will acquire state-owned Bankia in an all-share deal that would create Spains largest bank with total assets exceeding $786.6 billion. The deal will help the companies tackle dwindling profitability due to the...

Dubai’s DP World to work with Israel’s DoverTower in bid for Haifa Port

Dubai state-owned DP World is teaming up with Israels DoverTower in a joint venture that will bid in the privatization and to conduct a study on opening a direct shipping line between the two Middle East states. Haifa...

Politics

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris receive endorsement from Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson

With almost a month left until the November elections, Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris are set to face Donald Trump and Mike Pence in the upcoming debates. Recently, the...

Barack Obama: Ex-POTUS joins Kamala Harris for Democratic fundraisers

Since endorsing his support for his former colleague Joe Biden, former President Barack Obama is actively campaigning for the Biden-Harris ticket by appearing in various events and fundraisers. This week, he will be...

Donald Trump: POTUS' tax returns revealed

For a long time, Donald Trump has often evaded the demand to look into his own income taxes. A piece by the New York Times over the weekend revealed how much Trump paid in federal income taxes over the years. The piece,...

World War 3: South Korean official shot and killed by North Korean soldiers

Tensions between North and South Korea remain in the midst of a global pandemic, with concerns of an all-out conflict or world war 3 ensuing between the two. Fears have been stoked as it was revealed that a South Korean...

Science

Asteroids: 59 to 130-meter asteroid to pass by Earth today

NASA is constantly on the lookout for asteroids that are coming towards Earth. One asteroid is set to approach Earth today, but will not pose a threat. An asteroid measuring between 59 to 130 meters in diameter is...

NASA: Cyclones on Jupiter captured by Juno spacecraft

NASA is closely monitoring other planets in our solar system for signs of unusual activity in order to learn more about the universe. The Juno spacecraft was able to capture unusual weather within the gas giant as it...

Aliens: Experts claim to develop technology that could potentially detect life outside Earth

Along with exploring asteroids and other planets and phenomena in space, scientists are also looking for possible signs of life. In an effort to ultimately answer the question of whether or not we are alone in the...

COVID-19 cure: UK-based researchers make breakthrough in finding 'druggable pocket' in coronavirus

When it comes to finding or developing a cure for the coronavirus or COVID-19, scientists are still in the midst of research and development with some already moving on to preliminary testing. As a definitive cure for the...

Technology

Xbox Series S vs. Xbox Series X: What’s missing in the cheaper next-generation console

Since video game fans heard the first rumors about the next-generation consoles, most of them were likely primarily concerned about the cost of new hardware. While the Xbox Series X and PlayStation 5 are unsurprisingly...

iPhone 12 mini is now the likely name for upcoming 5.4-inch smartphone

Tech fans are in the final stretch of waiting for the iPhone 12 series to be officially announced. Usually, around this time, most of the information about the upcoming smartphones have been released already, but it...

‘Starfield’: ‘Leaked’ images suggest spacewalk could be a gameplay feature

New information about Starfield has been hard to find since it was announced in 2018. However, fans might already have the first look at Bethesdas highly anticipated game in the form of a leaked image supposedly from an...

‘Cyberpunk 2077’: Night City’s official website has a death counter and annoying pop-up ads

Cyberpunk 2077 developer CD Projekt Red recently launched a real website for the games fictional main location called the Night City. Not surprisingly, it is unlike any official websites for cities and because one of the...
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