Constitutional Conventions in Australia: An Introduction to the Unwritten Rules of Australia's Constitutions

Constitutional Conventions in Australia: An Introduction to the Unwritten Rules of Australia's Constitutions

by Ian Killey

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Overview

Australia's constitutions tell only part of the story. They omit or barely mention many of the essential and well-known elements of the system of government, such as the cabinet, the prime minister or premier, ministerial responsibility or the opposition. This work fills that void by explaining the nature of conventions, how they arise, how they are altered, as well as their operation and development. This is a book for anyone who has an interest in understanding the complexities and mysteries of the unwritten rules of Australian systems of government.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781783081226
Publisher: Anthem Press
Publication date: 02/15/2014
Series: Anthem-ASP Australasia Publishing Programme Series
Pages: 390
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Ian Killey PSM is an experienced public sector lawyer who has advised governments regarding conventions over many years.


Table of Contents

Foreword Charles Curwen viii

Acknowledgements x

1 Conventions-Mr Disraeli's Problem and the Procreation of Eels 1

2 Conventions - What Are They? 7

3 Conventions - The Institutions 47

4 Ministerial Responsibility - Collective Responsibility 61

5 Ministerial Responsibility - Individual Responsibility 87

6 Public Servants and Ministerial Advisers 114

7 Reserve Powers 129

8 The Governor and the First Minister - Royal Assent and the Three Rights 189

9 Hung Parliament 210

10 Caretaker Conventions 235

11 Upper House Conventions 262

12 Update: 2010-2011 276

Epilogue 303

Appendix: Constitutional Conventions - Adelaide and Brisbane 309

Bibliography 317

Notes 325

Index 368

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