Critics’ Reviews

It is unsurprising that one of Australia’s leading scholars in constitutional and administrative law has produced a book that is well-organised and concise, and whose analysis of statute law, case law and parliamentary practice is lucid and powerful. Great learning is brought to bear on insightfully discerned issues and uncertainties. Measured and convincing remarks are made on issues of inevitable reform. – Public Law Review, Vol 16 (2005)

This thorough and thoughtful work, by an author of renown and with a strong background in the subject area, is a most welcome addition to the learning. – Ethos (Law Society of the ACT ), December 2003

It can certainly be said that no one should address any question relating to the privileges of Parliament without closely examining Parliamentary Privilege by Professor Enid Campbell. – Tasmanian Law Society Newsletter, December 2004

Australian parliaments have some remarkable powers and privileges. Among them, varying from place to place, are powers to imprison without fair trial and without appeal, to expel members by a majority vote, and to punish criticism of parliament. In a Dickensian touch, standing orders of some parliaments even prescribe fees to be paid by their prisoners for the privilege of being arrested, transported to gaol and fed in custody. …

Enid Campbell documents this little known and often archaic branch of law in her book. She is the leading Australian authority …Careful elucidation of complexities and difficulties is the great strength of Parliamentary Privilege. …

At its worst, parliamentary privilege combines disturbing clarity on points of law that are obviously unjust … and obscurity on points of considerable importance … Professor Campbell is subtle and cautious on the question of reform, but it is an inevitable theme. One of the book’s most appealing features is its gentle questioning of things that defenders of parliament’s privileges may take for granted. … The discussion is tentative, in keeping with the tone of the book, but the questions are fundamental ones. … Professor Campbell’s book provides impressively lucid and knowledgeable guidance. – Media and Arts Law Review, 2004

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