Category: Constitutional Law (page 1 of 6)

Justice Edelman’s originalism, or hints of it

BY JULIAN R MURPHY

 

Justice Edelman has only been on the High Court for a matter of months but he has already sat on a number of significant constitutional cases, and there are more on the horizon. The newest … Read the rest

The trajectory of structured proportionality in implied freedom of political communication cases: Brown v Tasmania

  BY SHIPRA CHORDIA

On 18 October, the High Court handed down its judgment in Brown v Tasmania [2017] HCA 43.  The plaintiffs – Dr Bob Brown and Ms Jessica Hoyt – successfully argued that certain provisions of the Workplaces Read the rest

The Right to Protest after Brown v Tasmania

BY JOHN ELDRIDGE AND TIM MATTHEWS

The common law has historically been hostile to the importance of public protest. Indeed, A V Dicey, in his seminal An Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution, was categorical … Read the rest

Seven Little Australians

BY TONY BLACKSHIELD

Senator Nick Xenophon is OK. Although it employs the word “Citizen”, his status as a “British Overseas Citizen” confers such limited rights and privileges that it does not amount to “citizenship”.

Senator Matt Canavan is OK because … Read the rest

Aliens, Executive Power, and the Rule of Law

BY SUE MILNE

The Rule of Law requires that all, including the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, are subject to the law. But what is the relevant law to which all are subject? In Plaintiff S195/2016 v Minister Read the rest

Mistake to consolidate Premier and Attorney-General portfolios

BY BRENDAN GOGARTY

Last week’s Cabinet reshuffle in Tasmania might have passed by mainland Australians. It was one made in clearly ‘challenging circumstances‘ for the Government; with one Cabinet Minister quitting politics for family reasons and the other … Read the rest

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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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

Knight’s Watch: Ad Hominem Parole Legislation Hits the High Court

BY SARAH MURRAY

Section 74AA of the Corrections Act 1986 (Vic) is an extraordinary provision. Ad hominem in nature, it is directed at Julian Knight. Knight, perpetrator of the Hoddle Street massacre, was sentenced in 1988 by the Victorian … 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

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