Vitiating the federal principle: The high court Work Choices case, 2006

Mark Hearn*

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Its first and highest functions as an Australian court-not its first in point of time, but its first in point of importance-will be exercised in unfolding the Constitution itself. That Constitution was drawn, and inevitably so, on large and simple lines, and its provisions were embodied in general language... Consequently... it opens an immense field for exact definition and interpretation. Alfred Deakin, second reading debate on the Judiciary Bill, 1902.(1).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)129-138
Number of pages10
JournalLabour History
Publication statusPublished - May 2007

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