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State Chambers has developed an extensive monthly CPD Program. Barristers from the floor present on various topics on the last Friday of each month. 

For further information about the CPD program, please contact the convener of the CPD Program Tom Dixon on 02 9223 1522.

Please contact our Clerk, Fiona Hayden, if you are interested in attending the CPDs.


Upcoming CPDs 

 “Who takes us to War? A Constitutional Question” 

To be presented by Tom Dixon

This is one of the most fundamental questions facing the country, yet it is rarely the subject of informed debate amongst its citizens. This may, in part, be due to the fact that the Commonwealth Constitution is silent on who may declare war and commit the country’s forces to armed conflict. 
By contrast, the US Constitution contains a “Declare War” power which has been the source of intense discord between the Legislative and Executive arms of the federal Government. 
Tom will speak on the issue of War Powers under the Commonwealth Constitution by reference to its text and the historical developments which have informed this debate.
The CPD is presently scheduled for 4pm on Friday 6 September 2019 at State Chambers.


Most Recent CPD


“Blackburn’s error: The Ngaliwurru Nungali (Timber Creek) Case and the future of compensation in Native Title” 
Presented by Tammy Wong 

In Milirrpum v Nabalco Pty Ltd (1971) 17 FLR 141, the Yolngu people brought an action against Nabalco after the company secured a mining lease over land claimed to be the subject of sovereign native title rights.  Blackburn J, applying Canadian authority (subsequently overturned on appeal), rejected the Plaintiffs’ claim as he found “no doctrine of communal native title” had ever formed part of the law of Australia. The error in Milirrpum was corrected in Mabo v Queensland (No 2) (1992) 175 CLR 1. In the Ngaliwurru Nungali (Timber Creek) Case [2019] HCA 7, the High Court quantified damages for “Blackburn’s error” in terms of economic and cultural loss.