CEFA's Constitutional Forum

On Wednesday the full bench of the High Court handed down their findings in Brown v Tasmania. The case was brought about after former Greens leader Bob Brown and a number of other people were arrested last year for protesting against logging in a Tasmanian forest.

What a week. On Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday the High Court heard arguments from eight legal teams as to why seven members of the federal Parliament should or should not be disqualified.

To protect the people of Australia our political leaders are looking to expand anti-terrorism laws.

From time-to-time we like to take a look at constitutions in action in other parts of the world. This week a referendum was held in the Kurdish region of Iraq to kick off a push for independence from Baghdad.

The judge and the jury have different roles in our judicial system. The recognised principle is that questions of law are to be decided by the judge and questions of fact are decided by the jury.

Western Australia has never really been sure about being part of Australia. They were the last colony to hold a referendum asking the people if they would like to join the new federation.

At 2.15pm yesterday many Australians were holding their breath and waiting for the High Court to deliver their decision about the validity of same sex marriage postal survey. We didn’t have to wait long, within a minute or two we had an answer.

Last Thursday the first hearing for five of the members of Parliament found to have dual citizenship was heard by Chief Justice Susan Kiefel.

A speech by the Hon Susan Kiefel AC, Chief Justice of Australia at Anglo Australian Lawyers Association on Wednesday 12 July 2017 in London.