Distinguished Speakers Program: Michael Sexton SC

13 September 2012

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Is there a role still remaining for the States in the Australian federation?

The decisions of the High Court over the last century have largely concentrated legal and financial power in the federal government. The States continue to exist as political entities but are in many ways dependant on federal funding to carry out their traditional functions. Is this a good model for federalism in the 21st century? Is there any prospect of this trend being reversed in the decisions of the High Court? These are important issues for Australia over the coming decades.

About the speaker:

A graduate of the law schools of the universities of Melbourne and Virginia, Michael Sexton SC, spent some years as an academic lawyer before taking up practice at the NSW Bar. Since 1998 he has been Solicitor General for New South Wales. He is co-author of the Australian text on defamation law and the author of several books on Australian politics and history. In the area of public administration he has been chairman of the NSW State Rail Authority and a board member of the NSW Public Transport Authority, the NSW Library the Sydney Writers' Festival and the University of Technology Council.

Lawyers/barristers: attendance at this seminar is equal to 1 MCLE/CPD unit.

Time: 6-7pm followed by a cocktail reception (registrations from 5.30pm)

Location: Minter Ellison Room University of Sydney Law School, 173 Phillip St, Sydney

Cost: $25 full fee; $20 SLS alumni: $10 USyd students

Contact: PLaCE Coordinator

Phone: 9351 0323

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