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The High Court and Australian Federalism

Williams, John; Selway, Bradley


This article analyzes the constitutional role of the High Court of Australia during its first hundred years and the effect of that role on the Australian federation. The High Court has accepted as axiomatic that part of its function is the judicial review of legislation of both the federal and state legislatures. Its approach is relatively modest and "textualist." That approach has been affected by historical changes, including Australia's independence from Great Britain. The decisions of the...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Source: Publius: The Journal of Federalism
DOI: 10.1093/publius/pji018


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