Australian Constitution

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Unwittingly being a citizen of somewhere else does not breach the constitution's demand for sole loyalty to Australia, writes Rosalind Dixon.

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A simple referendum question about consitutional change would leave the parliament to handle the detail of how to give Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders a voice in the legislative process, writes Rosalind Dixon.

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We may not fare so well if we were to have a Prime Minister seeking to follow Trump's lead, writes George Williams.

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When Attorney-General George Brandis was asked on Q&A about a parliamentary vote on the decision to go to war, he said that was not part of the Westminster tradition. Is that right?

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If neither side reaches 76 seats, Australia could be faced with weeks of uncertainty, writes George Williams.

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The decision to declare war and send Australian forces overseas does not require debate or authorisation from parliament, writes Gabrielle Appleby.

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Politicians should serve in only one tier of government at a time. Doing otherwise can give rise to a conflict of interest, writes George Williams.

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Change to the Australian Constitution to recognise Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples is more than mere symbolism. It will demonstrably counteract Indigenous disadvantage, argues Paul Kildea.

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OPINION: The Gillard government has achieved remarkable success steering legislation through a hung parliament. But the coming year may see opponents shift the battle to the High Court, writes Professor George Williams in the SMH.

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The arrival in Australia of our future king, Prince William, reminds us of our failure to assert our full powers of self-government, writes UNSW Professor George Williams.