Once paid, tax becomes the property of the government. Pretending otherwise undermines the basic principles of the social contract.
Speculation has swirled over whom President Trump may pardon before leaving office. But why do presidents have the right to pardon, and how should it be used?
On October 25, Chilean citizens overwhelmingly voted to replace the country’s dictator-era constitution. This is an opportunity to look at the process of drafting basic laws around the world.
Palmer has lost his challenge to the closure of the Western Australian border in response to COVID-19. But it still remains unclear whether the border closure was and remains valid.
Hotelier Julian Gerner’s challenge to the lockdown depends on whether ‘freedom of movement’ is an implied right in the Constitution. The High Court has never seen it that way.
Emergency relief measures were operational for six months and are due to end soon. But the impacts of COVID-19 will be felt long after.
Government conspiracy theories are without merit, but their growing prevalence should ring alarm bells about the parlous state of civics education in this country.
While some questions remain, the federal government looks like it is on safe constitutional ground with its proposed bill.
Elections belong to citizens, not politicians. There is no reason to deny or unduly delay this basic democratic right.
President Cyril Ramaphosa has emphasised inclusive decision-making informed by scientific evidence. Such an approach would serve to depoliticise and rationalise decision-making.
Parkes is known as the ‘Father of Federation’. His tireless championing of a united Australia brought the colonies together and set them on a course for nationhood.
Power is visibly draining away from Tom Thabane. But, even at 80 years old, he remains a wily operator, and seems determined to cause maximum trouble to secure his immunity from prosecution.
The results of the 1920 census kicked off a bitter, decadelong political squabble. Could the same happen again in 2020?
Proposed laws in Queensland would stymie the work of charities. But if they’re tested in court, they’d probably be constitutionally invalid.
Trump’s backers say he is shielded from removal as no criminal offense took place. But this view may be at odds with the original intent of the impeachment clause.
Certain words are being used over and over during the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump. One of them is ‘precedent.’ What does it really mean?
Ramaphosa is constrained by his tenuous control over South Africa’s governing party, the ANC.
Did you know that senators shouldn’t be called ‘jurors’ in an impeachment trial? Here’s a roundup of stories that give behind-the-scenes facts and context to the news event of the year – so far.
In Mauritius there’s been little change in cultural norms and values to genuinely support gender egalitarianism.
The political crisis and any potential instability may once again force the military’s hand