Constitutional law

Alternate Term Label:
Constitutional matters
Constitutions
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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.
Blog post

Bougainville’s independence referendum and constitutional implications for Papua New Guinea

The Autonomous Region of Bougainville will hold an independence referendum on 23 November 2019. The options are either ‘greater autonomy’ or ‘independence’. However, the outcome of the referendum is non-binding under the PNG Constitution.
Guide

Introduction to researching South Pacific law: September/October 2019 update

The focus of this guide will be on providing a context and resource guide for researching the following small island states of the South Pacific: the Cook Islands, Fiji, Kiribati, Nauru, Niue, Samoa, the Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, and Vanuatu.
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

The government is committed to an Indigenous voice. We should give it a chance to work

On the question of constitutional enshrinement, many are right to be upset that this government has ruled out putting the voice in the constitution. But this is the political reality of today.
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...
Commentary

Changing the Australian Constitution was always meant to be difficult – here’s why

The authors of the Australian Constitution ensured that the country's guiding document could never be changed on a whim or for political expediency.
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.