The first federal states emerged via the coming together of a number of established polities that wished to preserve their separate identities and to some extent their autonomy. Some features are common to most, if not all, federal systems: distribution of power between central and local governments; a written and rigid constitution; an independent and impartial umpire to decide on disputes between these levels of government; and representation of regional views within the central government.
By Andrea Tokaji As a long-term abolitionist and lobbyist with a background in therapy, law and human rights, I celebrate the transparent, open and fair system of democracy, particularly our right to a political voice, not only when we vote, […]
The Joint Select Committee on Australia’s Family Law System was appointed by resolution of the Senate on 18 September 2019 and resolution of the House of Representatives on 19 September 2019. The terms of reference of the committee’s inquiry explicitly require the committee to consider the present operation of the family law system in Australia.
The following letter is written by Mr Kim George Borja Paim, a Brazilian blogger and political commentator. Mr Kim Paim is a supporter of Brazil’s President, Jair Bolsonaro. In this letter he reports on the persecution he has endured as […]
By Andrea Tokaji Slavery – How Far Have We Come in Abolishing it? Historically, Wilberforce’s Slavery Abolition Act was passed by the House of Commons on 26th July 1833 and its aim was to dismantle the large-scale plantation slavery that […]
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has joined Australia’s National Cabinet to contribute to the discussions about the Covid-19 response. Prime Minister Scott Morrison was delighted to invite his New Zealand counterpart to attend the meeting with all Australian states, territory premiers and chief ministers.
As Brazilians rightly celebrate the 56th anniversary of the military intervention that saved their country from a communist takeover, which would result in the inevitable loss of countless innocent lives, I think it is most appropriate to explain the context by which the army officers were called by the people to depose a highly unpopular, leftist political ruler. What follows is an account of the most important events surrounding that momentous event in the constitutional history of Brazil.
While the Australian Prime Minister appears to take some pleasure in exercising his newly-acquired dictatorial powers, the President of Brazil is presently engaged in a bold and courageous fight for democracy and the fundamental rights of his people.
On my impending visit to Brazil, on 23 May I will have the honour of speaking at the Uniandrade University (Campus Cidade Universitaria) on the topic of ‘Is Brazil a Federalist Country?’ My answer will be an emphatic NO. Brazil […]
PUBLIC STATEMENT BY DR AUGUSTO ZIMMERMANN TO THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF SWAN TOWN PLANNING SCHEME – PROPOSED AMENDMENT N.176 TO CITY OF SWAN SCHEME NO.17 – PLACES OF WORSHIP This is a public statement by Dr Augusto Zimmermann […]