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?
Thursday’s vote will only be the third-ever UK-wide referendum.
How will the Brexit referendum work? And what distinguishes it from referendums that have been held in Australia?
People queue to apply for social grants in Cape Town, South Africa.
What seems to be a simple question of banks’ responsibilities is actually a major issue playing out where social security, banking, property, criminal and constitutional law intersect.
Or should we?
Yes, the way the EU makes its laws is complex, but it is done democratically.
The entire Senate is up for re-election in a double-dissolution election.
What is a double-dissolution election? How does it differ from an ordinary election? And why the rush after the budget?
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.