State leaders endorsed a plan at COAG last week that would see some terrorists jailed indefinitely.
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.
The government’s citizenship-stripping bill passed on the final parliamentary sitting day of 2015.
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?
Legal high? Is the EU a benchmark or a burden.
There is fresh political impetus behind a constitutional device to allow Britain to veto EU laws, but the enthusiasm ignores the powers that already exist and the dangers of legislation on the hoof.
The government’s revised citizenship-stripping bill improves upon the original proposal in a number of ways.
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.
The 1975 crisis surrounding the dismissal of the Whitlam government was brought about in part by the nature of Australia’s constitutional arrangements.
Is the Dismissal a moment that will become even more significant if the push for Australia to become a republic gains momentum?
The Nauruan government’s announcements have already had a much greater effect in the High Court than on Nauru itself.
Many have claimed that the ending of detention on Nauru is a strategic move to undermine a constitutional challenge to Australia’s offshore detention regime, heard by the High Court this week.
The High Court unanimously accepted that limits on donations to parties and candidates are constitutional.
Constitutional judges are best seen as backstops, not as activists for one value like liberty over others like integrity and equality.
A parliamentary committee has reported on the government’s proposed citizenship revocation laws.
A parliamentary committee report recommends several welcome improvements to the government's citizenship-stripping bill. However, several important concerns remain.
Labor says it will move a motion in the Senate this week for a message to be sent to the Governor-General, requesting he dismiss Dyson Heydon as royal commissioner.
Given the Governor-General usually acts on the advice of the government and its ministers, an address from the Senate on Dyson Heydon is unlikely to have any effect.
The message that terrorism is exceptional and egregious will be compromised if the current citizenship revocation bill becomes law.
Multiple concerns have been raised about the citizenship-stripping bill's inattention to human rights, its differential impact upon dual and sole nationals, and its potential application to persons who commit relatively minor crimes.
On Tuesday, August 11, prospects for same-sex marriage legislation in Australia in the near future were quashed when the governing Coalition partyroom voted against a conscience vote in favour of maintaining…
What options is Australia left with for same-sex marriage rights?
Tony Abbott raised several possibilities on Australia's road to achieving same-sex marriage. But the only way Australia will get there is through parliament.
Despite receiving mixed reviews, Go Set a Watchman was the most pre-ordered book in publisher HarperCollins' history.
The novel's two main characters represent the constitutional conundrum that many Americans grappled with in the pre-civil rights era.
Immigration Minister Peter Dutton will have the sole power to strip dual nationals of their Australia citizenship if they are believed to be involved in terrorist activities.
Simply having judicial review for the contentious power to strip citizenship from dual nationals suspected of involvement with terrorism – without independent merits review – is far from reasonable.
A long road to equality.
Let's hope Ireland votes Yes, but the government could have made sure marriage equality happened years ago.
The constitutional status, rights and obligations of Australian citizens are by no means clear, despite recent legislative reforms.
Australia's Constitution contains few constitutional rights or protections, and most of those that do exist are not predicated on citizenship.
The most recent allegations against George Brandis stem from Gillian Triggs' evidence to a Senate estimates hearing.
Regardless of whether George Brandis' action was illegal, it represents an attempt by the very institutions charged with protecting the rule of law to unduly influence it.
Everything is cool when you’re part of a team.
As we celebrate 800 years since the signing of the Magna Carta, many believe that it is time British values were clarified in a codified document for our age. The place to define them could be in a written…
Queensland Labor leader Annastacia Palaszczuk said on Sunday that she’s ‘optimistic’ of forming a majority government, but it may be days before that’s clear.
While counting continues in the Queensland election, one possibility is a hung parliament with neither major party holding a majority. Prior to the election, both party leaders indicated that they would…
Queensland Premier Campbell Newman is widely tipped to lose his seat in the January 31 election – yet there are ways he could still be premier.
If the Liberal National Party wins the Queensland election on Saturday, but its leader, Campbell Newman, loses his seat of Ashgrove, can he remain premier? This may be the question vexing minds on Sunday…