Gabonese President, Ali Bongo Ondimba, wants to be president for life.
Gabon's Ali Bongo Ondimba has watched over constitutional changes that have given him far reaching powers.
Jacob Zuma announces his decision to step down.
There are several steps South Africa's governing party must take to strengthen democracy now that Jacob Zuma has resigned.
Jean Chretien, then Canada’s attorney general, signs the proclamation repatriating Canada’s constitution while Queen Elizabeth II watches in Ottawa in April 1982. The Constitution includes Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms and the notwithstanding clause that allows provinces to opt out of adhering to the Charter.
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The notwithstanding clause in Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms has seldom been used. But it's not totally gathering dust, and Quebec is hinting it might use it to defend its niqab law.
A proposed model for an Australian republic encourages active citizenship while preserving the non-partisan, ceremonial role of the head of state.
This model for an Australian republic aims to ensure the process of a choosing a head of state is democratic, but also that the dignity of the office is maintained.
Crikey reminds Australia’s media it can be a little narrow minded.
Journalists are often under deadline pressure, which is why, says Crikey’s Emily Watkins, they return again and again to the same experts. Those who give good quotes are often also pretty good at making…
Questions have been raised over why Adani is in line for public money.
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The proposed loan of Commonwealth money to Adani is on shaky constitutional ground, potentially paving the way for High Court challenge which could change the dynamics of federal-state funding.
Migration legislation does not require judicial authorisation for a person to be deprived of their freedom.
In a free society, it ought never to be lawful for a government to detain people by executive order alone.
Labor will argue David Gillespie ineligible to be an MP based on Section 44(v) of the Constitution.
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.
South Africa’s Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng making a ruling on secret ballots in Parliament at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg.
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.
The executive government in Australia has more power than most people realise, especially when it comes to immigration.
Under US law, the president must publish all of their executive orders for public view. The Australian government is under no such obligation.
The statement from the constitutional convention at Uluru reflects long-held Indigenous aspirations.
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Indigenous Australians have issued a statement calling for constitutional reform that is substantive and meaningful.
Gough Whitlam speaks to reporters after being dismissed as prime minister.
National Archives of Australia
The Dismissal soured politicians’ taste for brinkmanship. It revealed the likely consequence of a loss of political legitimacy.
The British parliament passed the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act in 1900.
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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 issue before the court was whether Bob Day was disqualified from being elected because of Section 44(v) of the Constitution.
The key takeaway from the Bob Day case is that courts interpret the eligibility requirements for election strictly.
Rod Culleton’s Senate seat has been declared vacant following formal notification of his bankruptcy.
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.
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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 Duke and Duchess of Cambridge met by Canadian prime minister, Justin Trudeau.
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The royal visit to Canada raises some important constitutional questions.
Labor senator Doug Cameron, speaking on Q&A.
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?
Election officials scan voters’ identity documents during South Africa’s local government elections in Umlazi, Durban.
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.
The plebiscite on whether Australia should legalise same-sex marriage is constitutionally unnecessary.
It's the plebiscite Australia doesn't have to have. But if the plebiscite on marriage equality goes ahead, how should it be designed?