Category: Constitutional Law (page 2 of 9)

Book Forum: Luke Beck

Luke Beck replies to reflections from Farrah Ahmed, Alex Deagon and Marion Maddox on his book Religious Freedom and the Australian Constitution. To see all posts please click here.

BY LUKE BECK

In his Foreword, former Chief … Read the rest “Book Forum: Luke Beck”

Northern Rights, Southern Law: Queensland’s proposed new human rights statute

BY JEREMY GANS

Introducing a bill to fulfil a two-year-old election pledge on a Wednesday morning, the Queensland Premier labelled it ‘the best and surest means of maintaining for us and our posterity the human rights declared by the … Read the rest “Northern Rights, Southern Law: Queensland’s proposed new human rights statute”

The Noongar Settlement: Two Lessons for Treaty Making in Australia

BY HARRY HOBBS

On 17 October 2018, Australia’s largest native title settlement moved a step towards implementation, when the Native Title Registrar accepted the Noongar Settlement for registration in the Native Title Register. The culmination of many years of … Read the rest “The Noongar Settlement: Two Lessons for Treaty Making in Australia”

Are Victoria’s Safe-Access Zones Safe from the Constitution?

BY JULIAN O’DONNELL

In August 2016, anti-abortion activist and mother of thirteen Kathleen Clubb approached a couple entering an abortion clinic in East Melbourne. She spoke to the couple and handed them a pamphlet, which they declined. A Magistrate would … Read the rest “Are Victoria’s Safe-Access Zones Safe from the Constitution?”

Dancing with Dicey: A Century of Flexible State Constitutions

BY CHRIS PIGGOTT-MCKELLAR

One hundred years ago this month, rumblings that the constitutional ground in Australia was about to shift underfoot were felt when the High Court handed down its decision in McCawley v R (1918) 26 CLR 9 (‘… Read the rest “Dancing with Dicey: A Century of Flexible State Constitutions”

The Parliament, the Court of Disputed Returns, and the Solicitor-General

BY GABRIELLE APPLEBY

In those final days of August, when we watched, once again, an Australian political party overthrow the leader who led it to its last electoral victory, serious questions were raised about the eligibility of the protagonist, Mr … Read the rest “The Parliament, the Court of Disputed Returns, and the Solicitor-General”

Dressing Dutton Up as Lamb – Section 44 and the Competing Arguments for Disqualification and Exoneration of Peter Dutton

Anne Photos 003By ANNE TWOMEY

While the failure of Peter Dutton’s leadership challenge took some heat out of the question of his potential disqualification from Parliament, it left unresolved whether his seat has been vacated due to a breach of s 44 … Read the rest “Dressing Dutton Up as Lamb – Section 44 and the Competing Arguments for Disqualification and Exoneration of Peter Dutton”

The Constitutional Crisis that Keeps on Giving: Could an Invalidly Appointed Minister’s Decisions be Challenged via Judicial Review?

BY JANINA BOUGHEY

In the midst of the Liberal Party’s recent leadership turmoil, questions were raised about Peter Dutton’s eligibility to sit in Parliament. As Minister for Home Affairs (which, until the latest re-shuffle included immigration) Dutton was responsible, … Read the rest “The Constitutional Crisis that Keeps on Giving: Could an Invalidly Appointed Minister’s Decisions be Challenged via Judicial Review?”

Freedom of Political Communication and Public Servants

BY ANTHONY GRAY

In 1992 the Australian High Court recognised that the democratic nature of Australia’s Constitution required freedom of communication that was ‘political’ in nature. Though some matters have been resolved, the limited case law means that many of … Read the rest “Freedom of Political Communication and Public Servants”

The Northern Territory Court of Appeal Goes Off the Beaten Track

BY CHRIS RONALDS SC AND CRAIG LONGMAN

In the recent decision of Munkara v Bencsevich & Ors, the Northern Territory Court of Appeal appears to have adopted an interpretation of s 10 of the Racial Discrimination Act 1975 (Cth)Read the rest “The Northern Territory Court of Appeal Goes Off the Beaten Track”

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