Hosted by the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (Qld Branch).
Co-sponsored by the Electoral Regulation Research Network (Qld Chapter) and the UQ Law School. Refreshments provided.

Topic: In McCloy v NSW [2015] the High Court upheld, by a strong majority, state laws capping political donations and prohibiting property developer donations. The case has significant implications for the regulation of electoral politics.

It also has intriguing potential for constitutional implications, with the Court softening its approach to the implied freedom of political communication by nuancing the ‘proportionality’ test and by invoking political equality as a nascent balancing concept.

Speakers: Tony Keyes, Senior Deputy Crown Solicitor. Tony appeared for the State of Queensland (intervening) in McCloy’s case.
Professor Graeme Orr, University of Queensland. Graeme is the author of The Law of Politics(2010), Ritual and Rhythm in Electoral Systems (2015) and, with Ron Levy, The Law of Deliberative Democracy (2016).

Registration Fees: Registration is free for members of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law (AACL) orElectoral Regulation Research Network. $20 for non members. No refunds will be issued for cancellations after Friday, 5 February 2016.

CPD Points: This series is eligible for self assessed CPD purposes by the Queensland Bar Association

About Current Constitutional Controversies - Occasional Colloquium Series

This series is a joint initiative of:


Current Constitutional Controversies is a high-profile colloquium series dedicated to timely and incisive discussion of the most important constitutional cases decided by the High Court each year, and other topical questions of constitutional law.

The series, presented by the UQ Law School and the Queensland Chapter of the Australian Association of Constitutional Law, provides a forum for leading scholars, practitioners and members of the judiciary to analyse and discuss current constitutional issues.


Attendance is on a RSVP basis and restricted to numbers appropriate to a colloquium format. 


Due to the informal nature of the event, speakers will not necessarily prepare written papers. If a paper is written for distribution it will be made available through this website. A hard copy will not be provided at the colloquium itself.


QEII Courts of Law, Level 12,
415 George Street, Brisbane
Supreme Court Library Conference Room