Category: Constitutional Law (page 1 of 4)

‘Incapable of being chosen’

BY TONY BLACKSHIELD

At the federal election on 2 July, Rod Culleton was among the more attractive candidates for Pauline Hanson’s One Nation – cheerfully free from any sign of cultural and ethnic prejudice, and given to enjoyably flamboyant flourishes … Read the rest

Chief Justice French on Non-Statutory Executive Power: A Timely Reflection

amanda-sapienzaBY AMANDA SAPIENZA

As the retirement of Chief Justice Robert French from the High Court draws closer, there will be many occasions for reflecting on his legacy. The focus of this post is on an area in which he perhaps … Read the rest

Another Day in Court: The purpose and interpretation of section 44(v)

oscar-roos BY OSCAR ROOS

Today the High Court will sit as the Court of Disputed Returns and hold a directions hearing in relation to the former South Australian senator, Bob Day. The directions hearing will be held because on 7 November … Read the rest

The Principle of Legality and Section 32(1) of the Charter: Same Same or Different?

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BY BRUCE CHEN

The principle of legality and s 32(1) of the Charter of Human Rights and Responsibilities Act 2006 (Vic) (‘Charter’) are both directed at the interpretation of legislation with, broadly speaking, similar objectives directed at the protection of … Read the rest

Australia’s South Sea Islanders – still paying for the law’s failure

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BY PETER PRINCE

‘[I]f you have hundreds of years of racial discrimination, it’s likely that the vestiges of that discrimination linger on – and we should acknowledge that and own that’ – President Barack Obama

Emelda Davis of the Australian … Read the rest

Creating new states from Australia’s existing states

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BY ANNA RIENSTRA AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

Should Australia have more states? This question has recently resurfaced in Queensland, where last week Robert Katter of Katter’s Australia Party unsuccessfully moved a motion in the Parliament to create a new state in … Read the rest

When is finality trumped? Kirk and the principle of finality

Sarah-jane Morris

BY SARAH-JANE MORRIS

The High Court of Australia has repeatedly stated that it is a ‘central and pervading tenet of the judicial system’ that ‘controversies, once resolved, are not to be reopened except in a few, narrowly defined, circumstances’, such … Read the rest

Void or Vacant? The Vibes of Vardon

BlackshieldBY TONY BLACKSHIELD

In the wake of the recent federal election, the final date for return of the writs was Monday 8 August; and despite the absence of the Governor-General (at the Olympic Games), that deadline was met. (In his … Read the rest

Marriage Equality/Inequality, Religion and the Constitution

Luke Beck

BY LUKE BECK

The debate on marriage equality looks like stepping up a gear with the re-elected Turnbull Government reaffirming its intention to hold a plebiscite on the issue. As the as-yet-unconfirmed date for the plebiscite approaches, we can expect … Read the rest

Does the Constitution protect offensive political speech?

Maxwell photoBY JACK MAXWELL 

A fortnight ago, chiropractor Chris Nelson sprang into the national consciousness with several shockingly racist posts on the Facebook page of Labor Senator Nova Peris. Senator Peris refused to delete the posts, leaving them on her page … Read the rest

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