Category: Administrative Law (page 1 of 2)

Section 44, Interpretation and Changing the Law

BY DAVID TAN

In the Engineer’s case, Higgins J stated:

‘The question [of constitutional interpretation] is, what does the language mean; and when we find what the language means, in its ordinary and natural sense, it is our duty to

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‘Anti-corruption’, water and the Basin Plan

BY BRUCE LINDSAY

Water management and decision-making is vulnerable to lobbying by powerful commercial interests, as was illustrated recently by the ABC Four Corners investigation into NSW water management. Even where such conduct cannot be categorised as corrupt in … Read the rest

Public Servants, Social Media and the Constitution

BY GARY HANSELL AND ADRIENNE STONE

Although the implied freedom of political communication is now a well-established principle of Australian constitutional law, it does not appear to be widely understood. Some evidence of this is seen in the recently promulgated  … Read the rest

The 2017 Australian Marriage Law Postal Plebisurvey: Issues and Controversies

BY MICHAEL MALEY

On 9 August 2017, a government move to restore to the Senate Notice Paper the Plebiscite (Same-Sex Marriage) Bill 2016 was voted down.  Had the Bill been passed, it would have provided for the conduct by the … Read the rest

A new federal integrity system in the making? The case for a Commonwealth anti-corruption agency

BY A J BROWN

Will Australia continue to evolve towards a general-purpose, stand-alone anti-corruption agency at the federal level?  Does it need to?

Important light on both questions is about to be shed by two events: publication of the report … Read the rest

Australia’s commitment to open government reform

BY PETER TIMMINS

The voters aren’t happy.

While there is no single antidote for this winter of discontent, the way government governs is a contributing factor.

The government tells us that belief in democracy is a shared Australian value and … Read the rest

The Rule of Law as an Assumption of the Australian Constitution

BY LISA BURTON CRAWFORD

In Australian Communist Party v The Commonwealth, Justice Dixon famously asserted that the rule of law ‘forms an assumption’ of the Australian Constitution. This has been cited and repeated with such frequency that it … Read the rest

Plaintiff M96A and the elusive limits of immigration detention

BY SANGEETHA PILLAI

In Plaintiff M96A/2016 v Commonwealth, the High Court unanimously held that a mother and daughter, who were transferred from detention in Nauru to Australia to obtain medical treatment, were validly held in immigration detention during their … Read the rest

Burns v Corbett: the latest word on State tribunals and judicial power

BY ANNA OLIJNYK

We live in an age of tribunals. Although tribunals existed at the time of federation, the framers of the Australian Constitution could never have imagined the prominence of administrative tribunals in our justice system today. Small wonder, … Read the rest

Administrative law and Centrelink’s “robodebt” system

BY MATTHEW BUTT

Centrelink’s new online system to streamline the identification and recovery of overpayments detected through data-matching became fully operational in July last year. It automatically sends a letter to current or former social security recipients in cases where … Read the rest

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