Tag Archives: Monarchy in Australia

Royal Transparency Down Under

Interesting things are afoot in Australia. The Prime Minister recently advised the Governor-General to recall Parliament as a prelude to a rare double dissolution. Because this is an unusual situation, Government House has publicly released Malcolm Turnbull’s advice regarding the recall along with an … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Prince Philip’s Australian Knighthood

Tony Abbott has had a rough few weeks. His decision to make the Duke of Edinburgh a Knight of the Order of Australia as part of the Australia Day honors list has ignited a firestorm of controversy. The Federal Opposition condemned the … Continue reading

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Constitution 101: How Powerful Is The Queen?

[This is the first in a series of posts that will look at the key institutions of the British constitution. A version of this particular post first appeared on my personal blog.]  Americans don’t really understand the British Monarchy. Our pundits often portray … Continue reading

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Remembering the Whitlam Dismissal

Gough Whitlam died today at the age of 98. His death comes just a few weeks shy of the thirty-ninth anniversary of his dismissal at the hands of the Governor-General. This momentous event was one of the defining moments of Australian politics, … Continue reading

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Should the Governor Have Vetoed Tim Carmody’s Appointment as QLD Chief Justice?

I was telling a friend about the furor over Tim Carmody’s nomination as Chief Justice of Queensland, and he wanted to know why the Governor agreed to make such a controversial appointment. The answer is that, as the Queen’s representative, the Governor must … Continue reading

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