George Williams

George Williams is the Anthony Mason Professor and Director of the Gilbert + Tobin Centre of Public Law at the Faculty of Law, University of New South Wales.

In 2007 he chaired the NSW Government Inquiry into Options for a New National Industrial Relations System and was a member of the High Level Advisory Group on Federal–State Relations to Kevin Rudd and Bob McMullan. In 2005 he chaired the Victorian Human Rights Consultation Committee.

George is the author of thirteen books, including A Charter of Rights for Australia and What Price Security? Taking Stock of Australia’s Anti-Terror Laws, and is an editor of nine books, including The Oxford Companion to the High Court of Australia.

He practises as a barrister and has appeared in the High Court of Australia and the Supreme Court of Fiji.


Thawing the frozen continent

EssayAUSTRALIA'S SYSTEM OF government has passed its use-by date in too many respects. The federal arrangements are dysfunctional, ministerial responsibility has broken down and the system fails to adequately protect fundamental rights and freedoms. Too many of the processes...

Listening not talking

GR OnlineGOVERNMENTS OFTEN CONSULT. They set up inquiries about new laws and policies on everything from taxation to climate change to how to reform the system of government itself. These processes rarely live up to the aim of giving the...

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