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Books in our Library on Australian Government
Australia's Constitution by
Call Number: 342.94 SHE
The Constitution by
Call Number: 342.4029 BRO
includes full text of the Constitution
What Does it Mean to Be ... (series) by
Call Number: 994.0099 PEA
The Prime Minister of Australia
A Citizen of Australia
A Member of the Australian Parliament
The Governor-General of Australia
How Government Works (series) by
Call Number: 320.994 BAR
Workings of Government
Who's Who in Politics
Federal, State and Local Government by
Call Number: 320.494 STE
Civics Australia (series) by
Call Number: 320.494 MEE
Federal, state and Local Government
Voting and Elections
Understanding Australia's Government (series) by
Call Number: 320.80994 BRU
3 books: Federal Government; State and Territory Government; Local Government
What is an Australian Citizen? by
Call Number: 323.6 BUL
Call Number: 321.8 WOO
Law and Order (series) by
Call Number: 347.94 BUR
The Legal System
The Parliamentary System
Legal People and Processes
Law Enforcement Agencies
Understanding the Australian Legal System by
Call Number: 349.94 CAR
So You Want to be Prime Minister? by
Call Number: 352.23 BRA
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The Rule of Law
The relevance of the Rule of Law is demonstrated by application of the following principles in practice.
- The separation of powers between the legislature, the executive and the judiciary.
- The law is made by representatives of the people in an open and transparent way.
- The law and its administration is subject to open and free criticism by the people, who may assemble without fear.
- The law is applied equally and fairly, so that no one is above the law.
- The law is capable of being known to everyone, so that everyone can comply.
- No one is subject to any action by any government agency other than in accordance with the law and the model litigant rules, no one is subject to any torture.
- The judicial system is independent, impartial, open and transparent and provides a fair and prompt trial.
- All people are presumed to be innocent until proven otherwise and are entitled to remain silent and are not required to incriminate themselves.
- No one can be prosecuted, civilly or criminally, for any offence not known to the law when committed.
- No one is subject adversely to a retrospective change of the law.
There is no single agreed definition of the rule of law. However, there is a basic core definition that has near universal acceptance. As Emeritus Professor Geoffrey Walker, has written in his defining work on the rule of law in Australia: ‘…most of the content of the rule of law can be summed up in two points: (1) that the people (including, one should add, the government) should be ruled by the law and obey it and (2) that the law should be such that people will be able (and, one should add, willing) to be guided by it.’
- Geoffrey de Q. Walker, The rule of law: foundation of constitutional democracy, (1st Ed., 1988).
‘The rule of law is an overarching principle which ensures that Australians are governed by laws which their elected representatives make and which reflect the rule of law. It requires that the laws are administered justly and fairly.’
- Robin Speed, RoLIA President
from The Rule of Law Institute of Australia http://www.ruleoflaw.org.au/principles/
Digger J. Jones
Digger J. Jones by
It's 1967 and the referendum to give Australian indigenous people citizenship is in the news. Read the diary of an Aboriginal boy about the impact this has.
Australian Democracy (Upper Primary Society and Environment) by
Call Number: 323.0994 ETH
Milestones to Democracy by
Call Number: 994 BRO
The Australian Civics and Citizenship Teacher's Handbook by
Call Number: 323.0994 GRE
I am Australian: Exploring Australian Citizenship: Upper Primary Unit - Teacher's Resource Manual
I am Australian: Exploring Australian Citizenship - Lower Secondary Unit
Call Number: 323.60994 AUS
Call Number: 320.994 DIS
Politics in Australia
Call Number: 320.994 CAT
SOSE Civics for Queensland by
Call Number: 320.4 KEN
Explore Your Parliament - 328 QLD
Australian Parliamentary System