In a free society, it ought never to be lawful for a government to detain people by executive order alone.
Given the Turnbull government only has a one-seat majority in the lower house, the immediate stakes of the challenge to David Gillespie's eligibility are as high as they could possibly be.
A motion of no confidence - secret or open - in South Africa's president will be destabilising. There's value in ensuring that such a hefty decision is made openly and with courage of conviction.
Under US law, the president must publish all of their executive orders for public view. The Australian government is under no such obligation.
Indigenous Australians have issued a statement calling for constitutional reform that is substantive and meaningful.
The Dismissal soured politicians’ taste for brinkmanship. It revealed the likely consequence of a loss of political legitimacy.
Australia's Constitution is a product of foreign and domestic political influences. It has become one of the enduring aspects of Australian politics and law, for better and worse.
The key takeaway from the Bob Day case is that courts interpret the eligibility requirements for election strictly.
The Rod Culleton saga still has some way to go before its conclusion. But it is almost certain that he will not be able to continue as a senator.
The court has a big constitutional decision to make in the appeal over who can trigger Article 50. But it may not be properly equipped to make it for the whole of the UK.
The royal visit to Canada raises some important constitutional questions.
Labor senator Doug Cameron told Q&A the High Court had decided that the unions and business are entitled to fund political parties. Is that true?
Many municipalities in the South Africa don't function properly because of poor management and administrative capacity. They don't have enough appropriately qualified and experienced staff.
It's the plebiscite Australia doesn't have to have. But if the plebiscite on marriage equality goes ahead, how should it be designed?
How will the Brexit referendum work? And what distinguishes it from referendums that have been held in Australia?
What seems to be a simple question of banks’ responsibilities is actually a major issue playing out where social security, banking, property, criminal and constitutional law intersect.
Yes, the way the EU makes its laws is complex, but it is done democratically.
What is a double-dissolution election? How does it differ from an ordinary election? And why the rush after the budget?
Detaining persons convicted of terrorist offences for lengthy periods after they have served their time could risk radicalising a section of the community who see the measure as unjust.
If we are content to sanction, disapprove and respond to sole nationals committing terror-related offences without revoking their citizenship, why is revocation necessary for dual nationals?