In recent years, asylum seekers from Bangladesh have comprised a significant portion of unauthorised maritime arrivals (that is, people arriving by boat without visas) in Australia. Their claims for protection have encountered significant resistance from decision-makers in refugee status determination (RSD), both at first instance within the Department of Immigration and Border Protection (DIBP) and…

Yesterday, the Chief Economic Advisor, Arvind Subramanian, released the Economic Survey 2017. Various chapters of the Survey grapple with issues such as demonetization, federalism, GST, Universal Basic Income, among others. Chapter 11 – entitled ‘One Economic India: For Goods and in the Eyes of the Constitution‘ – may interest readers. While the first section is…

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This is the second post in an infrequent series on colonial continuity in the Indian judiciary. The first post can be found here.In November, I posted what was, in retrospect, an embarrassingly effusive paean to the Indian Constitution, as delivered to the Indian Consulate in Sydney to mark Constitution Day. I said it (in front…

Last Sunday I participated in Nangavaram Lakshminarayan Rajah‘s heritage tour of the Madras High Court. Rajah is a senior advocate and a passionate history buff. His knowledge, passion, and enthusiasm are unmatched. I strongly recommend the tour to anyone interested in legal history. We weren’t allowed to take photos by the High Court’s overzealous security staff. So I’ve…