Category: Constitutional Law (page 1 of 13)

Australia’s first trilingual statute

BY SHIREEN MORRIS AND JULIAN R MURPHY

With public attention firmly focused on the pandemic response, there was little fanfare when Victoria recently passed what appears to be Australia’s first trilingual statute – the Great Ocean Road and Environs Protection Read the rest

“You CAN handle the … trial of defence members for any offence,” High Court tells Military Tribunals

BY STEPHEN MCDONALD

Introduction

The Commonwealth Constitution embodies a separation of judicial power from executive and legislative power. While the boundaries between each species of power are not sharply defined, it has long been accepted that “convictions for offences Read the rest

Clive Palmer takes a sovereign risk challenging the authority of WA Parliament

BY NATALIE BROWN

This is the second post AUSPUBLAW is publishing on the Palmer Act. The first post provides an overview of the legislation and its background.

 On 13 August 2020, the Western Australian Parliament amended the Mineralogy State AgreementRead the rest

The Constitutional Historiography of the Palace Letters

BY WILL PARTLETT

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal by Governor-General Sir John Kerr in 1975 occupies an important part of Australian collective historical memory. It does so for good reason. By any account, the decision by an unelected representative of … Read the rest

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

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