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Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh used baseball to explain his judicial philosophy during his Senate confirmation hearing. Reuters/Alex Wroblewski

Kavanaugh’s ‘judge as umpire’ metaphor sounds neutral but it’s deeply conservative

Kavanaugh thinks judges 'must be an umpire – a neutral and impartial arbiter.' So does Chief Justice Roberts. But more liberal jurists believe that the application of the law is inherently subjective.
Australia’s Constitution vests executive power in the Queen and says that that power is exercised ‘on her behalf’ by the governor-general. AAP/Alan Porritt

Nine things you should know about a potential Australian republic

Many of the questions that would arise if Australia wants to become a republic have been successfully tackled elsewhere.
Former tennis star John Alexander, pictured here with Malcolm Turnbull, is expected to resign on the weekend. AAP/Paul Miller

Liberal John Alexander likely to quit imminently

John Alexander is expected to resign over the weekend, becoming the latest MP to be claimed by the dual citizenship crisis.
Can decisions made by former deputy prime minister Barnaby Joyce while he was invalidly in parliament be challenged? AAP/Mick Tsikas

Three reasons why the decisions of Joyce and Nash may be difficult to challenge

Laws passed by MPs while under a citizenship cloud are unlikely to be contested; decisions made by ministers after doubts about their dual citizenship was announced are more complicated matters.

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