Category: Constitutional Law (page 1 of 13)

Border Closures and s 92: Clive Palmer’s Quest to Enter WA

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here.Read the rest

Protest in a Pandemic – The Special Status of Public Spaces

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here.Read the rest

Is it unconstitutional for the Commonwealth to gag community lawyers?

BY JACK MAXWELL

The Commonwealth Government prevents community lawyers from campaigning about systemic legal issues. This is misguided, because it hampers their efforts to tackle those problems. This post argues that it is also unconstitutional, because it violates the implied … Read the rest

Palace Letters are Commonwealth Records: A Victory for Democratic Transparency

BY MARIA NAWAZ

Introduction

On 29 May, the High Court handed down its decision in Hocking v Director-General of the National Archives of Australia [2020] HCA 19. In an emphatic  6:1 decision, the Court held that correspondence known as the … Read the rest

Border closures, COVID-19 and s 92 of the Constitution – what role for proportionality (if any)?

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here.Read the rest

Government Under Law: Smethurst v Commissioner of Police

BY JEFF GORDON

Is it consistent with the rule of law that a grave overstep of government power is merely paid for when it can be easily reversed? In Smethurst v Commissioner of Police [2020] HCA 14, the High Court … Read the rest

Courts and COVID-19: Challenges and Opportunities in Australia

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here

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Frenetic law making during the COVID-19 pandemic: the impact on doctors, patients and the Medicare system

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here.

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Democracy as the moral justification for judicial review

BY SALMAN SHAH

Introduction

There is a longstanding debate about whether it is democratically legitimate for a court to review the constitutional validity of a democratically elected parliament’s legislation. In a recent iteration of this debate, Jeremy Waldron adopts a … Read the rest

The Demos in a Pandemic – Staging Elections during a Health Emergency

This is one of a special series of posts exploring the public law implications of the COVID-19 pandemic. For more information on the Gilbert + Tobin Centre’s work in the area of public law and public health, see here.

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