Suri Ratnapala


Featured Publication

  • Defending Liberal Democracy and Liberal Peace in the Time of Rising Populism and Fascism 01 July 2019 | AP3
    Liberal democracy has been remarkably resilient in the face of external and internal threats, but now confronts new-old challenges from rising populism, mercantilism and fascist ambition. While the deepening fissures and fault lines within liberal democracies must be addressed, this…...
    Liberal democracy has been remarkably resilient in the face of external and internal threats, but now confronts new-old challenges from rising populism, mercantilism and fascist ambition. While the deepening fissures and fault lines within liberal democracies must be addressed, this…
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Media & Commentary

  • Right to silence 28 March 2013
    The historical safeguard of fair criminal trials embodied in the right to silence no longer exists in NSW following the passage of the government’s reform package. The package is said to be enacted in the interest of more efficient trials.…
    The historical safeguard of fair criminal trials embodied in the right to silence no longer exists in NSW following the passage of the government’s reform package. The package is said to be enacted in the interest of more efficient trials.…
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  • Our right to silence is too important to lose 01 October 2012 | The Conversation
    The move to dilute the right to silence in NSW is unjust, constitutionally questionable and unnecessary. The O'Farrell government announced a “watering down” of right to silence laws in response to bikie gang violence. Amendments to the Evidence Act will…
    The move to dilute the right to silence in NSW is unjust, constitutionally questionable and unnecessary. The O'Farrell government announced a “watering down” of right to silence laws in response to bikie gang violence. Amendments to the Evidence Act will…
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Publications

  • The Role of Government in a Liberal Society 02 September 2008 | OP113
    Modern government has grown out  of all proportion, becoming a serious threat to life, liberty, property and the public interest. Establishing a basis for this claim in anintellectual climate that sees the state as a benign force tasked with intervening in every manner of personal, social and economic crisis, Professor…...
    Modern government has grown out  of all proportion, becoming a serious threat to life, liberty, property and the public interest. Establishing a basis for this claim in anintellectual climate that sees the state as a benign force tasked with intervening in every manner of personal, social and economic crisis, Professor…
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  • Welfare State or Constitutional State? 03 May 1990 | PM15
    In this contribution to the CIS Social Welfare Research Program, Suri Ratnapala, Lecturer in Law at the University of Queensland, explains why the welfare state is a constant source of political conflict: -          In Australia, the strict constitutional distinction between legislation and administration has been obliterated by the courts. -         …...
    In this contribution to the CIS Social Welfare Research Program, Suri Ratnapala, Lecturer in Law at the University of Queensland, explains why the welfare state is a constant source of political conflict: -          In Australia, the strict constitutional distinction between legislation and administration has been obliterated by the courts. -         …
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