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Alfred Deakin

(1856—1919) prime minister of Australia

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Albert Bathurst Piddington

Albert Bathurst Piddington  

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(1862–1945)qualified in law but chose to teach, including five years at the University of Sydney where his circle of friends included Christopher Brennan. In 1895 he was elected to ...
Andrew Fisher

Andrew Fisher  

(b. 29 Aug. 1862, d. 22 Oct. 1928).Prime Minister of Australia 1908–9, 1910–13, 1914–15 Born in Ayrshire (Scotland), in 1879 he was elected district secretary of the Ayrshire Miner's Union, which ...
Andrew Inglis Clark

Andrew Inglis Clark  

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(1848–1907)was a federationist who helped draft the Commonwealth constitution. A lawyer and parliamentarian in Tasmania, he was an advanced liberal and admirer of the USA with a strong attachment ...
Appointments that might have been

Appointments that might have been  

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Many have been considered for—even promised—appointment to the High Court, but not appointed. Who some of the candidates were, and why they were not appointed, reveals the influence on the ...
Artworks of Court

Artworks of Court  

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From its opening in May 1980, the High Court building has been the home of a significant number of original artworks representing notable figures, and aspects of the Australian Commonwealth. ...
Asia–Australia (history)

Asia–Australia (history)  

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European Australians focused on their Asia–Pacific context from the time of first settlement, but the framework within which they dealt with the region changed substantially from one era to another ...
attorney-General

attorney-General  

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The principal law officer of the Crown. The Attorney General is usually a Member of Parliament of the ruling party and holds ministerial office, although he is not normally a member of the Cabinet. ...
Australian political thought

Australian political thought  

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A long tradition of commentary claims that Australia has not produced thinkers concerned with the theoretical dimensions of politics. This is true to the extent that there have been relatively ...
Australian Women's National League

Australian Women's National League  

Was an influential women's conservative political organisation in the early twentieth century. Formed in 1904 in Victoria, by 1914 it had attracted 52 000 members on a populist platform of ...
Background of Justices

Background of Justices  

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There is a remarkable homogeneity in the 43 appointments that have been made to the High Court. Most Justices have come directly from the Bar or the judiciary. None has ...
British–Australian relations

British–Australian relations  

Were at first more than relations because Britain's assertions of sovereignty over the eastern half of the continent in 1788, and over the rest of the country in 1824, 1829 ...
Business of Court

Business of Court  

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The business of the High Court has evolved significantly over time, reflecting Australia's development as a nation and its social, political and economic changes. The growth and change in the ...
Chief Executive and Principal Registrar

Chief Executive and Principal Registrar  

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The Judiciary Act 1903 (Cth) provided for the appointment of a Principal Registrar to be located at the Principal Registry of the High Court, with a District Registrar at every ...
circuit system

circuit system  

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The system of dividing England and Wales into regional circuits for the purpose of court administration. It is based upon the traditional regional groupings adopted by the Bar and consists of the ...
Colonial Office

Colonial Office  

The changes in the status and structure of the Colonial Office mirror the vicissitudes of the British empire. For most of the 17th cent., while the American colonies were being established, there was ...
Commonwealth–state relations

Commonwealth–state relations  

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Cover a broad range of associations, agreements, and institutional arrangements for carrying on the complex business of governing in a federal system. The constitution provides the basic skeleton of ...
Comparison with other courts

Comparison with other courts  

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The courts with which the High Court is most often compared are the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council, the House of Lords, the Supreme Court of Canada and the ...
conciliation

conciliation  

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N.1 (in civil disputes) See ACAS; alternative dispute resolution.2 A procedure of peaceful settlement of international disputes. The matter of dispute is referred to a standing or ad hoc commission ...
Constitution

Constitution  

In written form provide for the governance of the states and the Commonwealth. The state constitutions date from the time the colonies achieved self-government: Victoria, 1855; NSW, 1855; SA, 1856 ...
corporations power

corporations power  

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The power of the Commonwealth to make laws with respect to ‘foreign corporations, and trading or financial corporations formed within the limits of the Commonwealth’ under Constitution s 51(xx). The ...

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