Constitutional Protection for Political Protests: Brown v Tasmania

Date & time
5.30–7pm Monday 20 November 2017


China in the World, 181 Fellows Lane, The Australian National University

Bob Brown, The Bob Brown Foundation
A/Prof Amelia Simpson, ANU College of Law


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Nicole Harman

Presented by the Australia Institute and the Centre for International & Public Law

Bob Brown and Amelia Simpson

The Centre for International and Public Law and The Australia Institute are pleased to host a discussion of the High Court’s decision in Brown v Tasmania [2017] HCA 43. Plaintiff in the proceedings, environmentalist and former Senator, Bob Brown, will speak about the background to the litigation. Associate Professor Amelia Simpson from the ANU Law School will discuss the constitutional issues.


  • Bob Brown »

    Bob Brown was elected to the Senate in 1996. In his first speech in the Senate, Bob raised the threat posed by climate change. Government and opposition members laughed at his warning of sea level rises and it has taken 10 years for them to finally begin to acknowledge the causes and effects of climate change. Since 1996, Bob has continued to take a courageous, and often politically lonely, stand on issues across the national and international spectrum. Some of the many issues that Bob has raised in the Senate include petrol sniffing in Central Australia, self-determination for West Papua and Tibet, saving Tasmania’s ancient forests, opposing the war in Iraq, justice for David Hicks, stopping the sale of the Snowy Hydro scheme and opposing the dumping of nuclear waste in Australia.

  • A/Prof Amelia Simpson »

    Dr Amelia Simpson is one of Australia’s leading scholars of discrimination and equality principles in constitutional law. Her published research on interstate free trade doctrine has been cited and quoted with approval by pluralities in Australia’s High Court and Federal Court. Amelia’s wider body of research has been cited extensively within the writings of other leading public law scholars and she was ranked in the top 20 most prolific publishers in Australia’s highest quality law journals over the period 2000–10.



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