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.
One Nation candidate Rod Culleton could win Western Australia's final Senate position, but Section 44 of the Constitution suggests he is ineligible to take his seat.
Now that we have had the double-dissolution election, the next step is for the government to attempt to pass the industrial relations bills through the House of Representatives and Senate again.
There is nothing in the Constitution to deal with the situation in which neither side can form a majority government.
How will the Brexit referendum work? And what distinguishes it from referendums that have been held in Australia?
Political funding in Australia is governed by different rules for state (some of which do not require disclosure) and federal governments. And both levels suffer significant weaknesses.
The number of members of the House of Representatives is variable. It is a result of a formula given in the Constitution.
Sex workers in South Africa are all potential criminals due to the country's regressive laws. But their status may change soon, making South Africa the first African country to decriminalise sex work.
South Africa's Constitution enjoins government to act “reasonably” in ensuring that basic socioeconomic rights are progressively realised. But the government has limited resources.
What is a double-dissolution election? How does it differ from an ordinary election? And why the rush after the budget?
After many weeks of speculation, the government has laid down the challenge for the Senate and smoothed the path for a double-dissolution election.
A suggested constitutional challenge to the Senate reforms through the High Court is unlikely to succeed.
Alfred Deakin and his contemporaries invented the Australian prime ministership. But it was not settled as a platform for national leadership until John Curtin and Ben Chifley's time.
Australia’s Constitution sets the ground rules for its system of government. But many things one might expect to be in the Constitution are simply not there.
The sudden expulsion of the finance minister makes it hard not to be pessimistic about the South African government's ability to manage the difficult challenges it might face in 2016.
Victoria has had a huge victory for the rights of women to exercise their choice to access a legal medical service free of intimidation and harassment.
The government's revised citizenship-stripping bill adopted all recommendations made by a parliamentary committee. But it's still no certainty to survive a High Court challenge.
Is the Dismissal a moment that will become even more significant if the push for Australia to become a republic gains momentum?
Opposition Leader Bill Shorten has said that Indigenous recognition in the Constitution cannot just be "empty poetry" but must lay to rest "the ghosts of the discrimination" haunting the document.
By challenging the courts, King Dalindyebo is testing the degree of impunity with which traditional leaders can get away.