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The Kable Principle in the Draft Federal Constitution

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 -
13:00 to 14:00

Presented by Profession Greg Taylor, University of Adelaide. 

The Commonwealth Constitution almost contained a ‘judicial incompatibility clause’ akin to the Kable principle.

This seminar outlines the history of this clause, including the personal feud that led to it, and asks: what motivated the proponents and defenders of this clause? How did its opponents, colonial legislatures and the public at large view this proposal? Why was it finally deleted? And what, if anything, does this episode say about the legitimacy of today’s doctrines protecting judicial power?


Chair: Wilfrid Prest, Professor Emeritus of History and of Law, University of Adelaide

Organiser (agency)
Australian Association of Constitutional Law (SA Chapter)
Pilgrim Hall, 12 Flinders Street, Adelaide
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For further information please contact Stephen McDonald via email, mcdonald [at] hansonchambers.com.au