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Anonymous asked: For the constitutional law assignment, the question about should the commonwealth have unlimited power- almost contradicts itself by saying it still needs to be appropriated/statue etc. And the arguments that should be summarised for williams v commonwealth (no 2) don't address the assignment on having unlimited power. I'm confused, could you point me in the right direction?

I’m sorry but unfortunately I can’t really offer assistance or guidance in relation to the assignment topic.

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Anonymous asked: I'm on 2A Honours, yet did not receive one single interview for clerkship, whether it be from top or mid tier firms. What went wrong? Is the legal job market really that bad?

I don’t know … but I have heard that the legal job market is pretty dire at the moment …

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Anonymous asked: Is there any point to students using a lecturer's consultation hours if their query is in relation to assignment? I never do, because I feel there's nothing the lecturer could say to help (in light of their obligation to be fair to all students). But sometimes I can undertake a lot of research, know all the cases, write an essay and then sit at my computer thinking 'this is rubbish'. What do you suggest for students in that predicament?

You’re right in that usually lecturer’s are not going to be able to assist you in relation to questions about an assignment.  Sometimes they may be able to point you in the right direction - or at least confirm you are heading in the right direction - so there isn’t any harm in asking.  Apart from that, often talking to other students in the unit can sometimes be helpful …

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Anonymous asked: Is sessional tutor work advertised? You mention there is a fairly high demand for this type of work, but I don't see this kind of work advertised? Is it a matter of adding your name to the "talent pool" with universities or is it "who you know"?

Occasionally sessional tutor work is advertised but normally you just need to apply to become part of the sessional pool at the relevant institution or school.  For example, information on how to become part of the sessional pool for the QUT Law School is available online here.  That said, to be honest, in terms of getting selected to teach in particular subjects, imore often than not it depends on who you know.

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Anonymous asked: What is your opinion of the High Court's recent judgment in NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie? Am I correct in assuming that a person registered as having no gender cannot marry under the marriage act? Would any Amendment to the marriage act recognising same sex marriage now also have to recognise those with no specific gender?

I agree with the High Court’s decision in NSW Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages v Norrie, although it is important to remember that the decision was limited to a question of statutory interpretation of a piece of NSW legislation and does not necessarily have any wider significance.

You are, however, correct that the marriage under the Marriage Act 1961 is currently defined to mean “the union of a man and a woman to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”, and that it would therefore not extend to those who have no specific gender.  I would hope that any amendment to the Marriage Act to provide for marriage equality would simply refer to a “the union of two people to the exclusion of all others, voluntarily entered into for life”, therefore removing gender from the definition of marriage.

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Anonymous asked: How do you recommend someone actively pursue a legal teaching career if it's their 'second' career or as an additional career? I am a practitioner but have always had a love of teaching and i'd love to blend the two. I'm just not too sure where to start. I'm currently doing my masters in an applied law program (in a practice area that I adore).

If you only ever want legal teaching to be a second career, I’d recommend applying for sessional tutoring work, usually in first or second year subjects where there is a large cohort and the demand for sessional tutors is at its greatest.  Once you are part of the sessional teaching staff at a law school, it is then possible to move into subjects that you may find more interesting.

If, however, you are seriously considering a career as an academic at some point, then it is important to realise that sessional teaching (even with outstanding teaching evaluations) will not assist you much (if it at all).  Full-time academic jobs these days are really only given to people with research track records, so I’d encourage you start publishing! 

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Anonymous asked: What groups were you a member of in Uni?

I joined a bunch of clubs on Market Day in my first year but I was only ever really involved in two clubs - the UQ Debating Society and the UQ Law Society.

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Anonymous asked: Why do so many children follow their parents into law in Brisbane? It's kind of pathetic don't you think, considering how big a world it is out there and how many different occupations there are? You did it too. Do you feel a bit pathetic sometimes? It's very weird at UQ how you will see the third generation to study law or the like. #barf

No I don’t feel pathetic at all.  And I don’t think it is a phenomenon that is unique to law or to Brisbane.  To be honest, I don’t really see what your point is at all.

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Anonymous asked: In your opinion, who is the most attractive QUT staff member that you know? Why?

I don’t think there is a good way I can answer this question.

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Anonymous asked: whats your biggest fear?

Life passing me by without having ever achieved something.

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Anonymous asked: I have been curious about fooling around with a guy for the first time for awhile now. How should I do it? I have looked online like grindr and manhunt but it seems a little draughting when I get asked if I'm top or bottom and what I am into. I think I would be to shy to go to a gay bar. Do you think it would help if I hired someone to help me? On my first time?

It’s always hard to try and rush or force these things.  I’d suggest chatting to gay guys online - not necessarily just hook up or dating apps like Grindr and Manhunt - and maybe you’ll find a guy you feel comfortable exploring your sexuality with.  At the very least, you’ll hopefully begin to get a few gay friends you can talk to all this stuff about. 

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Anonymous asked: Are you single?

Always.

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Anonymous asked: Are you going to do the Global Corporate Challenge again this year?

If I can get a team of my colleagues together, absolutely!

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Anonymous asked: Are you travelling to Thailand this year?

No unfortunately I don’t have any plans to visit Thailand this year.

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Anonymous asked: You seem even busier than usual lately. Any special reason?

Probably because in addition to work, I now sit on five different non-for-profit boards, which take up a considerable amount of time.