Fifteen landmark cases and controversies of parliamentary government in the Australian colonies and States are recounted in all their political and legal drama by some of Australia’s leading constitutional scholars.
The amazing saga of Justice Boothby in the 1860s
Privy Council decisions establishing the plenary power of colonial legislatures
The dismissal of NSW Premier Jack Lang in 1932
The resolution of deadlocks between State legislative Houses
The making of the Australia Acts 1986
Debate on the separation of judicial power in the States
The survival of the NSW Legislative Council
The power to expel an MP in NSW
One-vote, one-value in WA
Affirmation of the rule of law in WA
The Franca Arena saga in NSW
The power to force ministers to produce documents in NSW
A NSW Sesquicentenary of Responsible Government publication.
Introduction: Australian States: cinderellas No Longer?
Justice Boothby: A Disaster that Happened
John M Williams
Plenary Within Limits: Powell v Apollo Candle
Thomas McCawley v The King
The Dismissal of the Lang Government
Clayton v Heffron
Deadlocks in State Parliaments
Tonkin v Brand: Triumph for the Rule of Law
Armstrong v Budd and the Power of Expulsion
The Making of the Australia Acts 1986
Egan v Willis and Egan v Chadwick: The Triumph of Responsible Government
Arena v Nader and the Waiver of Parliamentary Privilege
Gareth Griffith and David Clune
BLF v Minister for Industrial Relations: The Limits of State Legislative and Judicial Power
The Kable Case: A Guard-Dog that Barked But Once?
H P Lee
McGinty v Western Australia: Electoral Equality and the Demise of the “Implied Rights Venture”
Peter A Gerangelos