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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

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...

60% of pandemic-induced business closures in US become permanent

Yelp data revealed that 97,966 of the 163,735 business closures across the US due to the pandemic as of Aug, 31 wont be reopening. Permanent business closures rose 34 percent since Yelps last report in mid-July. Yelp...

S. Korea, Germany to boost energy ties towards economic recovery, climate goals

South Korea and Germany vowed via a virtual meeting to bolster cooperation in the energy sector towards the recovery of their virus-hit economies and helping each other achieve their climate goals. According to the...

S. Korea's corporate sales suffer record 10.1% drop in Q2

South Korean companies suffered a 10.1 percent dip in sales in the second quarter, its sharpest on record, and plunging from a 1.9 percent on-year drop in the first quarter. It was also the sixth consecutive quarterly...

Politics

Melania Trump: FLOTUS' torched wooden statue replaced in her hometown Slovenia

Melania Trump has a statue in her image that was installed in her hometown in Slovenia, Russia. This was an original life-sized statue of the FLOTUS image that was carved from the trunk of a linden tree however it was...

Joe Biden: Jim Carrey to portray former VP on 'Saturday Night Live'

The comedy sketch show Saturday Night Live has often mocked presidential elections over the years, with cold opens featuring current and former presidents and other political figures. With the new season set to premiere in...

Barack Obama encourages Gen Z and Millenial voters to vote in video for ATTN:

The Obamas are among the most influential political figures, with former first lady Michelle Obama actively encouraging Americans to register to vote by stressing the importance of their votes. This time, former president...

Ivanka Trump: Bob Woodward's book reveals how White House adviser asked James Mattis for a plan to fight ISIS

Ivanka Trump serves as an advisor to her father Donald Trump in the White House, often seen alongside him during political events or attending political events on his behalf. Bob Woodwards new book, Rage, reveals her...

Science

NASA: Astronomers spot exoplanet closely orbiting a white dwarf star

There are still a lot of things about the universe that have yet to be explained, and astronomers recently discovered something once thought to be impossible. Astronomers picked up on an exoplanet orbiting a white dwarf at...

Mars mission: Scientists say acids may have erased traces of alien life on Red Planet

NASA is gearing up for its upcoming Mars mission, with the Perseverance Rover already getting a headstart in its journey to the Red Planet to search for life. However, researchers believe that the search for alien life on...

Climate change: Rising global temperatures will bring in a new Arctic, says scientists

Of all the parts in the world, the Arctic region is taking the biggest hit from the problem that is climate change. The problem has already gone to an extent where scientists are seeing a new Arctic region possibly form...

Aliens: Search for life outside Earth may shift to Venus, says scientist

While the current space exploration missions involve searching for alien life on Mars, a study found that the search for life outside Earth may also lie with another neighboring planet. Instead of searching for life in the...

Technology

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’ Alpha goes live; beta follows in October

The Alpha testing of Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War went live this week, but not for everyone. On the bright side, the full schedule of the subsequent beta access has been revealed for all platforms. Call of Duty:...

‘PUBG Mobile’ x BLACKPINK? Tencent teases collaboration with K-pop group

Tencent Games recently launched the PUBG Mobile version 1.0 along with many gameplay and visual improvements. However, it appears that the developer has a few more major updates in the pipeline that might bring BLACKPINK...

iOS 14 goes live on Sept. 16; here’s how to install the OS update

Months ago, the common belief was that the iOS 14 would be released once the new iPhones arrive since that has been the annual tradition for Apple. However, CEO Tim Cook surprised fans after announcing at the Time Flies...

‘GTA 6’: Is Rockstar Games announcing a new game at Sony’s PlayStation 5 event?

Sony is gearing for another PlayStation 5 event this week, and there are speculations that Rockstar Games could be part of it again. The last time the video game studio appeared at a PS5 showcase, they had an announcement,...
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