Indigenous claims and the Constitution

Discussion of the proposed amendment of the Constitution to acknowledge aboriginal occupancy prior to 1788 occasionally evokes the memory of the high support for the 1967 referendum to enable aboriginal people to be counted in the census and to include them in the race power. Legislation for the Constitutional amendment was not opposed in Parliament […]

The truth behind ‘Howard’s battlers’

Since the British ‘church and king’ mobs of the French revolutionary era, Disraeli’s 1880 election victory and Henry Maine’s discovery of the referendum conservatives have sought to present themselves as true representatives of the people vs. liberal elites. Conservative rhetoric has often been successful in annoying the left, but despite the hyperbole conservatives have sometimes […]

Family law and the Australian right

D. Kemp, Foundations for Australian Political Analysis: Politics and Authority, Oxford University Press, 1988 B. Maley, Marriage, Divorce and Family Justice, Centre for Independent Studies, Policy Monograph No. 23, 1992 B. Maley, Family and Marriage in Australia, Centre for Independent Studies, Sydney, Policy Monograph No. 43, 2000. P. Saunders, Australia‚Äôs welfare habit and how to […]