Tag: Constitutional Monarchy

The Constitutional Historiography of the Palace Letters

BY WILL PARTLETT

Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal by Governor-General Sir John Kerr in 1975 occupies an important part of Australian collective historical memory. It does so for good reason. By any account, the decision by an unelected representative of … Read the rest

Palace Letters are Commonwealth Records: A Victory for Democratic Transparency

BY MARIA NAWAZ

Introduction

On 29 May, the High Court handed down its decision in Hocking v Director-General of the National Archives of Australia [2020] HCA 19. In an emphatic  6:1 decision, the Court held that correspondence known as the … Read the rest

It’s Personal – the ‘Palace Letters’ to Remain Hidden and So Too Will Scrutiny of Constitutional Process

BY LOU DARGAN

In Hocking v Director-General of the National Archives of Australia, a divided Full Federal Court (Allsop CJ and Robertson J, Flick J dissenting) ruled that the Palace Letters – the correspondence between Sir John Kerr and … Read the rest

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