Constitution

Fellow Citizens
11 November 2017

Fellow Citizens

The High Court’s decision last month to disqualify five federal parliamentarians for being dual citizens represents the worst excesses of judicial activism in Australia. In deciding that deputy PM Barnaby Joyce and Senators Fiona Nash, Malcolm Roberts, Scott Ludlam, and Larissa Waters were ineligible for parliament for being citizens of a foreign power, the High Court has not only confirmed
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A Victory For Equality
30 October 2017

A Victory For Equality

Simon Breheny explains why yesterday’s development on Indigenous Recognition is such an important step for equality.
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Race Has No Place In The Constitution
26 October 2017

Race Has No Place In The Constitution

“The Coalition government’s decision to reject the divisive indigenous-only ‘voice to parliament’ is a win for equality and liberal democracy,” said Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. “The decision made by the government today affirms the democratic values on which Australia was founded. The Australian Constitution should treat all Australian
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Four Reasons To Reject The Referendum Council Recommendations
28 July 2017

Four Reasons To Reject The Referendum Council Recommendations

Our new research brief is on the Four Reasons why the Referendum Council’s recommendations for Constitutional Recognition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples should be rejected. The proposal to entrench an indigenous ‘voice to parliament’ is a radical idea. Race should not be used as a qualification for participation in democracy. The creation of a constitutional body to exclusively
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Race Has No Place In The Constitution
17 July 2017

Race Has No Place In The Constitution

“The radical attempt to divide Australians in our national constitution is wrong and it will be rejected by the Australian people,” says Simon Breheny, Director of Policy at the free market think tank the Institute of Public Affairs. The Referendum Council today delivered its recommendations to Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Opposition Leader Bill Shorten, that there should be a
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Indigenous Treaty Would Divide Australia Into Two Nations According To Race
31 May 2017

Indigenous Treaty Would Divide Australia Into Two Nations According To Race

All Australians are equal. This principle is the basis of our freedoms and a cornerstone of the Australian constitution. Our nation’s founding document should unify us – not divide us. Any proposal that seeks to enshrine division between Australians on the basis of race should therefore be rejected. And it is why any suggestion of a treaty between Indigenous and
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Picking Judges
18 February 2017

Picking Judges

President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats in the United States are about to engage in political warfare about who will be their next Supreme Court judge. Australians should be envious. The American president fulfilled a key promise to conservative voters by nominating Neil Gorsuch to the court’s vacancy. Gorsuch is by reputable accounts an exceptionally qualified jurist, and an originalist
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Why I Joined — And Quit — The Australian Republican Movement
23 November 2016

Why I Joined — And Quit — The Australian Republican Movement

As a long-time republican, I made the decision last year to join the Australian Republican Movement. Having spent the better part of the past decade involved in Liberal politics. It’s safe to say that I hold a minority view in my own party. I have consistently argued for a republic because I value the ideas of sovereignty and independence. I
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Race has no place in the Australian Constitution
16 September 2015

Race has no place in the Australian Constitution

Race has no place in the Australian Constitution.
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