Category: Democracy (page 2 of 6)

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”

ICON-S Conference Roundup – Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law

BY BRIGID MCMANUS

Between 25 and 27 June, Hong Kong University hosted the 2018 conference of the International Society of Public Law (ICON-S). The conference was held to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Hong Kong University’s law faculty, … Read the rest “ICON-S Conference Roundup – Identity, Security, Democracy: Challenges for Public Law”

Bye-bye By-Elections? Ritual and Rhythm and Voting out of Season

BY GRAEME ORR

By-elections have been a fixture of our political landscape since colonial times, and then some. They emerged, at Westminster, in the 16th century Reformation Parliament. By the 17th century Restoration they were common. Not least … Read the rest “Bye-bye By-Elections? Ritual and Rhythm and Voting out of Season”

Re Gallagher: Inconsistency, Imperatives and Irremediable Impediments

Anne Photos 003BY ANNE TWOMEY

The High Court’s judgment in Re Gallagher caused four Members of Parliament to resign and provoked further debate about the amendment of s 44 of the Constitution.  This culminated in a report by the Joint Standing Committee … Read the rest “Re Gallagher: Inconsistency, Imperatives and Irremediable Impediments”

Two questions about the powers of anti-corruption commissions

BY GRANT HOOLE

On the 28th of February 2018, little more than two weeks before South Australian voters went to the polls to elect a new Liberal government, the state’s Independent Commissioner Against Corruption released a blistering report on … Read the rest “Two questions about the powers of anti-corruption commissions”

Robo-Debt Illegality: A Failure of Rule of Law Protections?

BY TERRY CARNEY

Robo-debts lack any legal foundation

Nearly two years after social security’s popularly-called ‘robo-debts’ began to be raised without any adequate proofs, Australia’s much vaunted justice machinery has failed to expose the emperor’s lack of (legal) clothes.

The … Read the rest “Robo-Debt Illegality: A Failure of Rule of Law Protections?”

“Exclusive Cognisance” and Cognitive Dissonance: Alley v Gillespie

BY TONY BLACKSHIELD

Section 44 of the Constitution – which provides that various categories of persons are incapable of being chosen to sit in the federal Parliament – has been the subject of extraordinary controversy since 2017. In this post, Read the rest ““Exclusive Cognisance” and Cognitive Dissonance: Alley v Gillespie”

Religious Freedom: One Right Among Many

BY CAROLYN EVANS

Back in 2008, the then Government commissioned Jesuit priest and human rights lawyer Father Frank Brennan to chair a National Human Rights Consultation.

At the time, there was no consensus among the groups consulted about the … Read the rest “Religious Freedom: One Right Among Many”

Indigenous people in gaol: what needs to change

BY MARIA NAWAZ AND ANNA CODY

It’s been thirty years since the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody brought national attention to the disproportionate impact of the criminal justice process on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. The shocking … Read the rest “Indigenous people in gaol: what needs to change”

Senator Paterson’s Same Sex Marriage Bill: Incompatible with International Human Rights

BY ANJA HILKEMEIJER

 

Two days before the release of the result of the Same Sex Marriage Survey, Liberal Senator James Paterson made public a Bill that would allow anyone who has a strong belief in ‘traditional marriage’ to refuse … Read the rest “Senator Paterson’s Same Sex Marriage Bill: Incompatible with International Human Rights”

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