Constitutions

Commentary

22 Jan 2019
12

The Uluru Statement’s plan for an Indigenous Voice should be put to a vote as soon as possible, argues Gabrielle Appleby.

Survey

5 Dec 2018
9

High school student support in the United States for First Amendment freedoms remains high, relative to historical levels of support in prior iterations of this survey.

Audio interview

3 Sep 2018
7

The Policy Shop is a podcast at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

The right to self-determination and recognition feature prominently in debates surrounding Indigenous peoples in Australia and indeed around the world.

In this episode New Zealand Māori constitutional lawyer, Dr Moana Jackson...

Video

Dr Moana Jackson
24 Jul 2018
30

The Dungala Kaiela ‘Defining Goulburn Murray’ Oration is an annual event co-hosted by the Kaiela Institute and the University of Melbourne. The Orations have rolling themes examining culture, climate change, economics and regional development, legal issues, health and society. The aim of the Oration is...

Journal article

19 Jun 2018
2

In Zimbabwe, the Prime Minister’s Directives on Decentralisation and Development of 1984 and 1985, together with the Provincial Council and Administration Act 1985, constitute the foundation for post-independence attempts to ensure effective governance. The Directives provided for the establishment of hierarchical structures and mechanisms to...

Report

14 Jun 2018
188

This research examines the concept of 'office of profit under the Crown’.

Policy report

31 May 2018
67

This paper looks at how section 44 has been interpreted by the High Court and whether it remains relevant in the modern world. It also examines proposals for reform and whether there is any merit in modifying or deleting the section through a referendum.

Report

17 May 2018
289

Australia’s founders knew the circumstances and expectations of Australian society would change over time. To address this, they ensured Australian citizens could amend the Constitution, via a referendum, to reflect contemporary expectations. But quite rightly, it is not an easy process to change the rules...

Commentary

17 May 2018
5

Unwilling to confront the genuine and ongoing problems now the dual citizen genie is out of the bottle, the government says candidates for parliament simply need to get their paperwork in order.

Commentary

17 May 2018
9

The parliamentary report on dual citizenship was barely out before the government rejected its key recommendation. It’s time for some lateral thinking, argues Peter Brent.

Commentary

9 May 2018
31

The present case turns on just how wide the “all reasonable steps” exception is held to be. Does section 44 just require a person to take all reasonable steps within their power to renounce, regardless of whether that renunciation is actually effective?

Report

27 Feb 2018
44

Donald Trump’s ability to reshape the office, probe the boundaries of American political discourse and transform America’s place in the world will be a product not just of his will, but also of the effectiveness of institutional constraints on presidential power.

Commentary

2 Feb 2018
21

Conventional wisdom advises against holding referendums at election time. Conventional wisdom is wrong, argues Peter Brent.

Report

4 Dec 2017
100

This report examines the conduct of the Federal Communications Minister, Mitch Fifield, and whether he conformed to the Principles of the Ministerial Code of Conduct, in relation to his knowledge of former Senator, Stephen Parry's dual-citizenship status.

Commentary

17 Nov 2017
38

It is time to accept that Section 44 of the Australian Constitution is irretrievably broken. In its current form, it is creating chaos that is consuming our politicians, argues Joe McIntyre.

Commentary

13 Nov 2017
36

The dual citizenship story is far from over — and perhaps it was Barnaby Joyce who hit the nail on the head.

Book

9 Nov 2017
10

The domestic legal authority cited for Australian Defence Force operations is the often poorly understood concept of executive power, which is power that derives from executive and not parliamentary authority. This book seeks to find the limits to the exercise of this extraordinary power.

Audio interview

26 Oct 2017
24

Cape York leader, Noel Pearson, says Malcolm Turnbull has broken the hearts of Indigenous Australians by rejecting the Uluru Statement.

Journal article

1 Oct 2017
91

This article argues that in Australia there is an absolute constitutional duty to provide reasons for judicial decisions and examines whether the general practice of the New South Wales Court of Appeal and the High Court complies with that duty when deciding applications for leave...

Commentary

30 Aug 2017
32

George Williams is Dean of Law at the University of New South Wales. This is the full text of his address to the National Press Club on 30 August 2017.

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