Anonymous asked: I'd really like to do LWB486 Intellectual Property Law but all I have heard from other students is that it is very difficult and marked harshly...? Do you know if there is a high failure rate or quite a low average grade?
LWB486 Intellectual Property is conceptually quite difficult but I don’t think it’s marked harsher than any other elective units. (Although I haven’t taught in that unit for a few years now, so I’m not sure how the results have been in the last few years.)
Anonymous asked: If you are aiming to practice in a certain area of law such as criminal law, but your grades in criminal law subjects aren't quite as good as others, but as a whole, your overall grades are really good, would this hinder your chances of practicing criminal law or getting a job in that area?
I wouldn’t think so. I think most employers look first at your overall grades.
The reverse may apply though; if your marks were average but you had very good marks in criminal law and evidence, that may make it easier for you to get a job in the area of law.
Anonymous asked: Peter Black for Brisbane Central in 2015?
Haha I wish.
Anonymous asked: Naturally, a hypothetical question - if a student scores a 6 in a 40% assessment piece and a 7 in a 60% assessment piece, could you theorise how the final grade would result as a 6?
It could certainly happen quite easily if the 6 in a 40% piece was a low 6 (say 30/31 out of 40) and the 7 in the 60% piece was a low 7 (say 51/52 out of 60) as the total score would only be 81 to 83 (and you need at least 85 out of 100 to get a 7).
Anonymous asked: Why?
Anonymous asked: Should Australia have a Bill of Rights?
I have always been a bit of a bill of rights skeptic, but the outrageous actions of the current Queensland Government are increasingly forcing me to reconsider my stance on a bill of rights.
Anonymous asked: Do you have a boyfriend?
Umm no. I am not dating anyone I would label as “my boyfriend”.
Anonymous asked: Any chance law results will be out this week? Or will we have to wait until 2 December?
To be honest, I don’t really know as it is out of my hands. In past semesters, I know that results have been progressively released over the weekend (with all results out by the Monday) but I don’t know if that will be happening again this semester. Sorry.
Anonymous asked: Good afternoon, Pete! I hope you're well. Could 2014 be one of the great years in Constitutional Law with the ACT same sex case, the Qld Bikie laws and the NSW political donations case? Does it excite you as a lecturer?
Yes very much so. Not only are these issues all constitutionally and politically fascinating, any time constitutional law is in the news, it makes it easier to engage the students.
Anonymous asked: I have a function at room three sixty at QUT. Is it a shorter distance to walk there from the drop off on George St or drop off where the goodwill bridge/QUT carpark is?
The shorter walk would be from the drop off near the Goodwill Bridge.
Anonymous asked: How do rate Qld AG's performance thus far?
While I have been a vocal opponent of some of the laws introduced by the Attorney-General, as well as his stated positions on several matters, I think from a purely political point of view he has been quite successful. He has introduced an ambitious, aggressive conservative agenda, which although I obviously disagree with, has been quite popular. He has also been a strong performer in the media and in parliament.
Anonymous asked: Is it possible under Australian law that someone could sue the current government for defamation on behalf of asylum seekers for the claims that they are 'illegals'?
I can’t see such a lawsuit being successful. First, where a defamatory imputation is related to a group of individuals, the group is generally unable to sue for defamation. Second, the comments would likely be covered by one of the defences, such as justification or qualified privilege (especially the qualified privilege in cases of political communication).
Anonymous asked: How do you think the PM has handled the Indonesian matter so far?
While I think the basic position Australia and the Prime Minister has taken in response to the Indonesian spying scandal has been more or less correct, I think some of the language used by the Prime Minister has been less than ideal, and certainly not as diplomatic as one would hope in this situation.
Anonymous asked: You seem to drink a lot of coffee. What is your coffee order? Is it always the same?
My first coffee of the day is usually a quadruple shot flat white. My subsequent coffees are usually just espressos … but occasionally I’ll mix if up with a piccolo.
Anonymous asked: What do you think of the political crisis in Victoria? Should the Speaker resign, given he lacks the confidence of the House? Are there are any relevant provisions in the Victorian Constitution relating to said crisis?
To be honest, I haven’t been following it closely enough to have an informed opinion. I’m busy enough staying on top of everything that is happening in Queensland at the moment!