“The People” as a Source of Constitutional Principle: The Australian Constitution and the Contours of Representative Government

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Abstract

This article explores the genesis of "the people" as an Australian constitutional touchstone. While the mandate that the Commonwealth Parliament be "directly chosen by the people" has seen the High Court of Australia source an implied freedom of political communication and a constitutionally guaranteed franchise, its content remains opaque and many questions remain as to the role of the High Court in determining the contours of representative government within the Australia constitutional landscape.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-902
JournalSingapore Academy of Law Journal
Volume29
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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