Australian Institute of Administrative Law

Canberra seminar entitled 'Tweet speech: It's not free after all' on the recent Banerji decision of the High Court

7 Nov

Late afternoon seminar

Tweet speech: It’s not free after all

Speaker: Prue Bindon

What does freedom of political communication have to do with reasonable administrative action under the Safety, Rehabilitation and Compensation Act 1988 (Cth)? This presentation will discuss the recent High Court decision in Comcare v Banerji [2019] HCA 23 which overturned the AAT’s decision that the dismissal of Ms Banerji for her ‘anonymous tweets’ pursuant to the behavioural standards under the Code of Conduct was not reasonable administrative action taken in a reasonable way.
Prue is a barrister at Key Chambers, Canberra, and works predominantly in the areas of employment, industrial, discrimination, commercial, corporations, professional discipline and administrative law. Before joining the Bar, Prue spent more than 10 years working in national and international law firms in Australia and Hong Kong, including King & Wood Mallesons and Linklaters. Prue graduated from the Australian National University in 2002 with First Class Honours and the University Medal in Law. She went on to work as an Associate to the Honourable Dyson Heydon AC QC on the High Court of Australia. She later undertook further study at Oxford University where she graduated with a Bachelor of Civil Law (BCL). She has been an associate lecturer at the ANU law school for a number of years. Prue served as the President of the Women Lawyers Association of the ACT over 2015–2017 and is currently a member of the Law Council of Australia’s Equal Opportunity Committee.

Date: Thursday 7 November 2019 at 4pm
Office of Clayton Utz Level 10, 2 Phillip Law Street, Canberra

The seminar is open to all members of the AIAL and to any interested members of the public. Admission is free, but registration is encouraged. The seminar attracts 1 unit in the ACT mandatory continuing professional development scheme for lawyers.

Please send RSVPs to the email address below by 12pm on 5 November 2019

Canberra seminar on 'Tweet' speech' 7 November 2019 Canberra seminar on 'Tweet' speech' 7 November 2019 (384 KB)

For further information, contact the AIAL Secretariat: email:; telephone: 02 6290 1505


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