Australian honours: recommendations and decisions made in strict confidence
Australia Day honours is now a well established tradition where Australia recognises those who have made an important contribution to our community. But we know little about the decision-making process, and the High Court has recently confirmed it will stay that way, explains Adelaide Law School’s Dr Judith Bannister. On Australia Day a new batch […]
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If the Judiciary shouldn’t, who should advise the Governor-General?
This week, further information was revealed on the role of Sir Anthony Mason in advising the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr, in the events leading up to Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s dismissal in 1975. The revelations raise renewed interest in the propriety of the Judiciary advising the Governor-General in times of constitutional crisis. Gabrielle Appleby considers […]
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