Constitutional law

ALTERNATIVE LABELS
Constitutional matters
Constitutions
NARROWER TERMS
Working paper

Support for a constitutionally enshrined First Nations Voice to Parliament: evidence from opinion research since 2017

This paper examines twelve pieces of opinion research since June 2017 to explore support for a First Nations Voice to Parliament among the Australian public. Specifically, it investigates levels of support, opposition and neutrality over time, by party affiliation, and among the six Australian states.
Thesis

Aliens in their own land: 'Alien' and the rule of law in colonial and post-federation Australia

This thesis argues that the ‘rule of law’ was not followed in colonial and post-federation Australia in relation to a fundamental principle of the common law.
Report

Persons with disability and the Australian Constitution

This report investigates the extent and use of the Commonwealth’s legislative powers that enable it to provide support for and protect the rights of people with disability.
Discussion paper

Issues paper: Constitutional framework for the declaration of a State of National Emergency

This issues paper explores legal and constitutional questions surrounding the concept of a declaration of a 'state of national emergency' by the Commonwealth of Australia, and how this might operate and interact with existing state and territory emergency management frameworks.
Commentary

The government’s ‘new page’ on Indigenous policy is actually just more of the same

Though the federal government emphasises partnerships, accountability and evidence-based policies, Morrison is actually taking a selective and top-down approach. He is also ignoring key Indigenous advice and evidence.
Commentary

Grattan on Friday: Ken Wyatt juggles identity and politics

As an Indigenous man in a senior government role, Ken Wyatt is ambitious but pragmatic, as he struggles to bridge the gap between Indigenous expectations and political realities.
Report

Impeachment 101: the history, process and prospect of a Trump impeachment

Just two US presidents have been impeached and none removed from office. Despite this, there has been much speculation about the prospect of Donald Trump being impeached by Congress. But how likely is this? Professor Simon Jackman looks at the constitutional, legal and political factors...
Article

Indigenous affairs: how we’re choosing by not choosing

While the moral imperative for making the nation’s institutions less exclusionary is unarguable, the political imperative for reform is weak or non-existent.
Video

2019 Parliamentary Library National Reconciliation Week lecture

Co-Chair of Reconciliation Australia, Professor Tom Calma AO, is an Aboriginal elder from the Kungarakan tribal group and a member of the Iwaidja tribal group in the Northern Territory. Professor Calma delivered this presentation for the Australian Parliamentary Library National Reconciliation Week lecture.
Briefing paper

The Constitution of Australia: revisiting reform

As part of the ALRC's Where next for law reform? project, the ALRC is encouraging Australians to think big. Arguably the most significant law reform initiative would be to revise the Australian Constitution. This paper has been prepared to start the conversation.