Month: February 2019

It’s Personal – the ‘Palace Letters’ to Remain Hidden and So Too Will Scrutiny of Constitutional Process

BY LOU DARGAN

In Hocking v Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, a divided Full Federal Court (Allsop CJ and Robertson J, Flick J dissenting) ruled that the Palace Letters – the correspondence between Sir John Kerr and … Read the rest “It’s Personal – the ‘Palace Letters’ to Remain Hidden and So Too Will Scrutiny of Constitutional Process”

Commercial native title rights in 2018: a belated new dawn

BY PATRICK McCABE

2018 saw a potentially important development in Australian native title law that has been emerging since 2013 move towards maturity. That development is the recognition of commercial native title rights in native title determinations. It is a … Read the rest “Commercial native title rights in 2018: a belated new dawn”

Can Standing Orders Prevent a Simple Majority of the House of Representatives From Passing a Bill Against the Government’s Wishes?

BY ANNE TWOMEY

Lacking an outright majority in the House of Representatives, the Morrison Government is facing the prospect that not only might it lose votes in the lower House, but a bill might be passed against its wishes, such … Read the rest “Can Standing Orders Prevent a Simple Majority of the House of Representatives From Passing a Bill Against the Government’s Wishes?”

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