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Anonymous asked: What podcasts do you subscribe / listen to?

These are the podcasts I never miss an episode of: 99% Invisible; This American Life; Gold Derby; Indiewire Screen Talk; KCRW’s Left, Right and Center; Ken Rudin’s Political Junkie; NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour; On the Media; Connected (formerly The Prompt); Slate Culture Gabfest; Slate Doubt X Gabfest; Slate Money; Slate Political Gabfest; Slate’s The Gist; Washington Week

I also always listen to the four Sunday morning US political talk shows: This Week; Face the Nation; Fox News Sunday; and Meet the Press.

And these are podcasts I listen to regularly but not necessarily every episode: Accidental Tech Podcast; The Brian Lehrer Show; The Bugle; Download This Show; Grantland Pop Culture; Media Report; The Moth; The New Yorker Political Scene; NextMarket Podcast; NPR’s Fresh Air; NPR’s Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me; Political Wire Podcast; Real Time with Bill Maher; The Sporkful; We The People Podcasts; WTF with Marc Maron.

For the record, my favourite podcast at the moment is Slate’s The Gist with Mike Pesca.

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Anonymous asked: Assuming Tasmania was willing to renounce its statehood to become a Territory (a) how would the people of Tasmania do so; and (b) how would the loss of Tasmania status as a state be addressed under the existing constitutional arrangements between the states and territories? Assuming that Tasmania was not willing to renounce its statehood, what measure/s could the rest of the country take to achieve the same result?

The Constitution doesn’t actually make any express provision for a state to renounce its statehood.  The Constitution does, however, provide for new states (ss 121, 124) and alteration of limits of States (s 123).  It may, however, be possible (under s 128) to amend the Constitution by referendum to remove Tasmania as a state.  Such a change, however, would require a majority of voters in Tasmania to approve.

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Anonymous asked: Hi Peter, Tasmania ranks at the bottom among Australian states on virtually every dimension of economic, social, and cultural performance: highest unemployment, lowest incomes, languishing investment, lowest home prices, least educated, lowest literacy, most chronic disease, poorest longevity, most likely to smoke, greatest obesity, highest petty crime, worst domestic violence. Shockingly, less than half of Tasmanian adults can read and write properly. It’s time to discuss federal intervention.

I’m not sure if all of those statements about Tasmania are correct.  But even if they are, I’m not necessarily convinced that Tasmania renouncing its statehood (as you propose in your follow up question) is the best option.  

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Anonymous asked: Hi Peter, I'm contemplating doing my LLM at UQ straight after graduating from my LLB in 2015, but I'm nervous as to whether the transition to post-grad law study straight after graduation would be too great a leap. As an LLM graduate, what are your thoughts?

I think it really depends on your future career plans.  If you are wanting to practice, I think it makes sense to get into practice as soon as possible.  If, however, you are thinking of a career in government or academia, then moving into postgraduate law study makes a lot of sense.

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Anonymous asked: Why does QUT appear in the top 500 on QS and THE rankings, but not on ARWU?

Each ranking system has its own unique and somewhat arbitrary methodology, so it’s a complete mystery to me! 

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Anonymous asked: Melbourne and Sydney both have 2 Go8 unis, but the rest of the capital cities only have 1. Considering that Brisbane is the 3rd largest city in Australia, do you think QUT might in the future be elevated to Go8 (or I suppose then it would be called 'Go9') status ;)?

I think for historical reasons, the Go8 will always be the Go8.

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Anonymous asked: When is the QUT law revue?

I don’t actually know.  Sometime in October I think?

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Anonymous asked: Just wondering when the Journalism Law assignment will be released?

The LWS011 Journalism Law assignment topic will be released next week.

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Anonymous asked: Is your TedX talk going to be uploaded online?

At some point I think so, yes.

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Anonymous asked: Do you get nervous before TV or your TedX appearances?

I tend to only get nervous when I am doing something for the first time (or the first few times).  So I no longer get nervous before lectures, or radio, or most TV appearances … but because I’d never done a TEDx talk before, I did get a little nervous before my talk yesterday.

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Anonymous asked: What are your 5 favorite places to eat (dinner) in Brisbane?

For a fancy dinner: Gerard’s Bistro; Esquire; Montrachet; The Foraging Quail; and E’cco Bistro.

For a more relaxed dinner with friends/family: Bar Alto; The Smoke BBQ; Green Tea; Mizu; and Boucher Bistro.

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Anonymous asked: Would you give a personal tour of the GP Campus to a long time twitter follower and new postgrad student?

Haha I suppose - mention me on Twitter sometime.

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Anonymous asked: Do you believe that Australia should have a Bill of Rights? Why or why not?

While I have generally been somewhat of a bill of rights skeptic (even - in the past - nodding my head in approval while reading the writings of Professor Jim Allan), in recent years I have become more open to the idea.

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Anonymous asked: McDonald's in South Melbourne reportedly trialling a Home Delivery service, how do you feel about that takeaway giant offering such a service?

While I personally wouldn’t use a service (I don’t eat McDonald’s at all), I have no issue with them offering that service.

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Anonymous asked: Do you think the 50% requirement for a successful referendum is too high? Why or why not? Would you suggest any alternatives to amend the legislation?

No I think that’s a reasonable requirement.  However, I wonder if the additional requirement of a majority of votes in a majority of states could be removed.