Anonymous asked: Do you have any thoughts on the Florida Governor race? The former Republican Governor Charlie Crist has switched parties and won the Democrat primary.

It is an absolutely fascinating race.  It is hard to believe Charlie Crist is now running as a Democrat against a vulnerable Republican Governor. Ultimately I think Rick Scott is likely to hold on … 


Anonymous asked: What made you stop drinking alcohol? More importantly, how did you stop? As much as I want to stop, I can't.

I had to stop.  I really didn’t have a choice.  Alcohol had become a destructive force in my life.  And stopping wasn’t easy, it took lots of time, therapy and effort.  I also wasn’t successful on my first (or even my tenth) attempt.


Anonymous asked: Are you worried the 'treat early' campaign will make people feel like number, and in turn also highten the stigma and prejudice surrounding it?

No I don’t think so.  If anything I think it has the potential to contribute towards reducing any stigma and prejudice. 


Anonymous asked: Newman: still Premier by the end of the year?;)

Yes I believe so. I think Newman will lead the LNP to the next election.  He will, however, lose his seat of Ashgrove and Tim Nicholls will become the  next leader of the LNP (and Premier).


Anonymous asked: If you could be anything else than a lawyer what would it be and why?

Well to be honest, I’m not really lawyer.  I’m just a legal academic.  

And I have always wanted to go into politics … so I guess it would have to be a politician. 


eddieharran asked: What do you think about Eddie Harran? :)

I love Eddie Harran! His passion and energy is contagious! 


Anonymous asked: In four weeks I'll be unemployed (probably). I feel scared, hopeful, motivated, depressed, concerned and free ... all at once and variously. Any thoughts on how to channel these feelings?

Hopefully channel them towards finding a job!

But I think those feeling are all perfectly natural and understandable. And rest assured that even if you don’t find a job right away, there will be a job right around the corner.  There is no need to panic.  We’ve all been unemployed at some point and it only makes us stronger and better.


Anonymous asked: Who writes the best scathing dissenting judgments, Michael Kirby or Antonin Scalia?

Without a doubt Justice Scalia.  When it comes to vitriol Justice Kirby doesn’t even come close.


Anonymous asked: I'm just curious to hear your thoughts about the (relatively) new campaign for HIV. 'Treat early and protect your partners'. Are you for or against?

I think you’re referring to the Ending HIV campaign?  And I am strongly in favour of that campaign.  I think it’s a really important campaign that emphasises the practical things we all need to do to end HIV by 2020.


Anonymous asked: Who would you like to see appointed to the HC when Justices Hayne and Crennan retire next year?

I must admit I haven’t really given this much thought yet but the first two names that come to mind are Brett Walker (a leading silk) and Chris Kourakis, the Chief Justice of South Australia (if for no other reason than the fact that South Australia has never had a high court judge before). 


Anonymous asked: Why is Constitutional Law such a pain in the behind?

But in a good way, right? 


Anonymous asked: Hey Peter :) I just watched your Tedx talk and as a former student of yours I wanted to tell you that you are the reason why the Constitution turns me on. I once thought of constitutional law as dull and boring but thanks to you I think I might study it further in my LLM. Don't worry, people do find it sexy ;)

Thank you! 


Anonymous asked: How was your day?

Busy, stressful.


Anonymous asked: Who was your favourite lecturer at UQ that still teaches there? Are you friends or keep in touch with any of the staff there (except your mum :))?

My favourite lecturer at the time was without a doubt Professor Gabriel Moens, who is now at Curtin University.  He was a brilliant scholar, teacher and mentor, and every time I give a lecture on constitutional law, I aim to emulate him and make him proud.

As for my favourite lecturer who still teaches there, it would have to be the other person that lectured me constitutional law, Professor Suri Ratnapala. 

And yes I am friends with several staff members at UQ and stay in touch with them regularly.


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.