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Australia’s First Treaty

BY HARRY HOBBS AND GEORGE WILLIAMS

Last month, the Victorian government introduced a bill into Parliament that would create a legislative basis for negotiating a treaty with Aboriginal people in the state. The bill would establish an Aboriginal representative body … Read the rest

The High Court on Constitutional Law: The 2017 Term Keynote Address to 2018 Constitutional Law Conference

BY JUSTIN GLEESON SC

 

This post is a keynote paper that was delivered by Justin Gleeson SC at the 2018 Constitutional Law Conference in Sydney. Noting that other papers at the conference covered individual cases from 2017, Mr Gleeson Read the rest

Legislation as a Method of Constitutional Reform: An Alternative to Formal Amendment?

BY LAEL K WEIS

A striking feature of current debates about constitutional reform in Australia is the evident interest in exploring legislative alternatives to formal amendment. Although this may be explained by the historically low success rate of referendums, the Read the rest

Looking forward, looking back: Native Title in 2017 and 2018

BY AARON MOSS

As the 2018 legal year kicks off, one inevitably begins to reflect upon the year that was, and the year that will be. As this post will demonstrate, 2017 was a particularly significant year for native title … Read the rest

The Principle of Legality as a Reflection of the Constitutional Relationship between Parliament and the Courts

BY DAN WESTBURY

Australian legislatures and courts interact through the process of statutory construction. As part of this process, the principle of legality represents a subtle constraint by courts on Parliament. It is a rule of statutory interpretation that courts … Read the rest

‘For Your Private Consideration’: Secret Documents and the Public Meaning of the Constitution

BY HENRY COOPER

It is requisite that [a] resolution be notified to the people who are to obey it. … [I]t is incumbent on the promulgators to do it in the most public and perspicuous manner; not like Caligula, who

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What is history, again?

BY HELEN IRVING

In his AUSPUBLAW blog post on 6 November 2017 discussing Justice Edelman’s dissent in Graham v Minister for Immigration and Border Protection [2017] HCA 33, Julian R Murphy finds evidence of a particular, conservative commitment on … Read the rest

Justice Edelman’s originalism, or hints of it

BY JULIAN R MURPHY

 

Justice Edelman has only been on the High Court for a matter of months but he has already sat on a number of significant constitutional cases, and there are more on the horizon. The newest … Read the rest

Section 44, Interpretation and Changing the Law

BY DAVID TAN

In the Engineer’s case, Higgins J stated:

‘The question [of constitutional interpretation] is, what does the language mean; and when we find what the language means, in its ordinary and natural sense, it is our duty to

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The Rule of Law as an Assumption of the Australian Constitution

BY LISA BURTON CRAWFORD

In Australian Communist Party v The Commonwealth, Justice Dixon famously asserted that the rule of law ‘forms an assumption’ of the Australian Constitution. This has been cited and repeated with such frequency that it … Read the rest

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