The High Court’s approach to decision-making has reflected high levels of agreement between its members, with an increase in unanimous decisions in 2014, an annual study of the court’s decisions has found.
The High Court decision on asylum seekers detained at sea turned on a technical reading of statutory provisions. The fact remains that Australia is accountable internationally for its actions, writes Jane McAdam.
The federal government may have to release or process thousands of asylum seekers, following a High Court ruling that sets significant new limits on the policy of indefinite detention, writes Joyce Chia.
The commonwealth has suffered three major High Court defeats that have set limits to its spending power. It's time it gets the message and recognises the rules of the game have changed, writes George Williams.
The High Court's highly anticipated decision on the constitutionality of the school chaplaincy program could lead to a radical rethink of how the federal government spends public money, writes George Williams.
A recent constitutional challenge to parts of Queensland's anti-bike laws provides the High Court with a platform to clarify how fundamental values are protected from legislative infringement, writes Rebecca Ananian-Welsh.
The recent High Court decision regarding native title rights in Western Australia has reminded governments that accepting coexistence might be wiser than insisting on extinguishment, writes Sean Brennan.
The High Court’s approach to decision-making underwent a major change in 2013, with a move away from the high levels of dissent seen in recent years to a more consensus outlook, an analysis has found. OPINION