Category: Democracy (page 3 of 7)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“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

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

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

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