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George Williams


George Williams AO is one of Australia’s leading constitutional lawyers and public commentators. He is a professor of law at the University of New South Wales and has written and edited 34 books on Australian government and the Constitution, including Everything You Need to Know about the Referendum to Recognise Indigenous Australians.

He has appeared as a barrister in the High Court in some of the most important constitutional law cases of the last two decades, including on freedom of speech, freedom from racial discrimination and the rule of law.

He has also served on a number of public inquiries, including that which brought about Australia’s first State bill of rights, the Victorian Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities. He is a well-known media commentator on legal issues and is a columnist for the Sydney Morning Herald.

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