Blackshield and Williams Australian Constitutional Law and Theory - Abridged

Blackshield and Williams Australian Constitutional Law and Theory - Abridged

Commentary and Materials

7th edition

By George Williams, Sean Brennan and Andrew Lynch


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This is the new and seventh edition of this acclaimed and authoritative book on Australian constitutional law. Fresh material reflects the contemporary approach of the High Court.

The book has been fully revised and updated for major High Court and overseas decisions, including Re Canavan, Brown v Tasmania, McCloy v New South Wales, Murphy v Electoral Commissioner, the Brexit Case and Plaintiff M68/2015 v Minister for Immigration.

Always ‘much more than a casebook’ as Sir Anthony Mason said of a previous edition, the book also presents carefully selected extracts from a broad range of writers and commentators. The reviewer for the Law Institute Journal said of the sixth edition that this book is ‘a great resource for practitioners wanting an authoritative guide to Australian constitutional law’ and a ‘must-have for law students who would like more depth of analysis’.

Key Features of the New Edition

  • Latest Decisions: The text incorporates full analysis of the High Court’s decisions in the important dual citizenship case (Re Canavan), the right to protest case (Brown v Tasmania) and the same sex marriage postal survey case (Wilkie v Commonwealth).
  • Substantial revisions to the chapter on constitutional change to take account of the Uluru Statement from the Heart and related developments up to late 2017.
  • Fresh perspectives on the methodology of constitutional interpretation.
  • Consolidation of the material on the implied freedom of political communication into a single chapter, offering a more streamlined account of the doctrine’s development.
  • Major updates to the chapters on the High Court and judicial power.
  • Fully revised and updated for every major constitutional case since the sixth edition, including Plaintiff M76/2013 v Minister for Immigration, Commonwealth v Australian Capital Territory (Same Sex Marriage Case), Unions NSW v New South Wales, Plaintiff S156/2013 v Minister for Immigration, Williams v Commonwealth (No 2), Tajjour v New South Wales, Australian Communications and Media Authority v Today FM, Communications Union v Queensland Rail, McCloy v New South Wales, Plaintiff M68/2015 v Minister for Immigration, Day v Australian Electoral Officer (SA), Alqudsi v The Queen, Murphy v Electoral Commissioner, R (Miller) v Secretary of State (Brexit Case), Re Culleton (No 2), Re Day (No 2), Knight v Victoria, Plaintiff S195/2016 v Minister for Immigration and Graham v Minister for Immigration.

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Published 19 January 2018
Publisher The Federation Press
ISBN 9781760021535
Australian RRP $110.00
International Price $100.00