As public debate about whether Australia should enhance our constitution by taking up a Bill of Rights, Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court John G. Roberts explores the differences between the U.S. and Australia.The visiting judge was careful to say he didn't have an opinion on whether Australia should or shouldn't go down the Bill of Rights path itself. But, Roberts did illuminate just how torturous and fraught the process was for America, as well as the specific historical circumstances and strong personalities that came into play.Along the way he explores the implications the U.S. Bill of Rights has had on the history of the United States in areas such as property ownership, crime and the abolition of slavery.The talk was presented by the Law Faculty at University of Queensland at Brisbane's Banco Court, with introductions by Queensland's Chief Justice Paul de Jersey and UQ Law Professor Ross Grantham.moreless
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