Whitlam’s Dismissal

Recently, developments about Governor-General John Kerr and his dismissal of Gough Whitlam have resurfaced again. Recent news indicates that the High Court will be declassifying the 211 letters sent by Governor-General Kerr to the Queens private secretary Sir Martin Charteris. These letters, are being used by the Australian Republican Movement to try and connect their … Continue reading Whitlam’s Dismissal

What are the powers of the Governor-General of Australia?

The working of our political institutions is governed not only by the words of the Constitution but also by conventions, which are rules of practice regarded as binding by those to whom they apply, although not rules of law created by legislation or decisions of the courts. These rules have developed over the centuries within … Continue reading What are the powers of the Governor-General of Australia?

Our Australian Head of State

Speech by Sir David Smith at a Luncheon for ACM, Parliament House, Sydney 19 March 2001 Those two great constitutional scholars and commentators, John Quick and Robert Randolph Garran, in their 1901 scholarly and definitive work on the Australian Constitution, reminded us of the reasons why our Founding Fathers ensured that the Constitution could not be … Continue reading Our Australian Head of State

The Head of State Revisited

Speech by Sir David Smith, Sydney, 21 April 2010 Today is the Queen’s actual birthday, and it is right and proper that we mark the occasion. Her Majesty came to the throne on 6 February 1952, and has served Australia as its Queen for more than half of our life as a nation. In 1953 … Continue reading The Head of State Revisited