The Law

The Reserve Powers and the Judiciary

John de Meyrick in his article “Legal Advice and Political Bias in the Dismissal” (Quadrant, May 2013), has placed me under an obligation to him in giving me the opportunity to elaborate on a specific topic which the dictates of word length compelled me to deal with perfunctorily in my article (Quadrant, April 2013) on the downfall of Gough Whitlam. Sir David Smith has also placed me under a similar obligation with his article, “Labor’s Selective Constitutional Conventions”, which immediately followed de Meyrick’s in the May issue. Sir David quoted Gough Whitlam and Senator Lionel Murphy at greater length than…

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