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Emergency powers in Australia, Hoong Phun (H. P.) Lee [and three others].

Democratic countries, such as Australia, face the dilemma of preserving public and national security without sacrificing fundamental freedoms. In the context where the rule of law is an underlying assumption of the constitutional framework, Emergency Powers in Australia provides a succinct analysis of the sorts of emergency which have been experienced in Australia and an evaluation of the legal weapons available to the authorities to cope with these emergencies. It analyses the scope of the defence power to determine the constitutionality of federal legislation to deal with wartime crises and the 'war' on terrorism, the extent of the executive power and its relationship to the prerogative, the deployment of the defence forces in aid of the civil power, the statutory frameworks regulating the responses to civil unrest, and natural disasters. The role of the courts when faced with challenges to the invocation of emergency powers is explained and analysed
Table Of Contents
Cover -- Half-title -- Title page -- Copyright information -- Contents -- Preface -- Notes on Authors -- Cases -- Statutes -- Imperial -- Australia -- Commonwealth -- Australian Capital Territory -- Northern Territory -- New South Wales -- Queensland -- South Australia -- Tasmania -- Victoria -- Western Australia -- South Africa -- United Kingdom -- United States -- 1 Introduction -- 1.1 Emergency Powers: Some General Themes -- 1.1.1 Definition of 'Emergency' -- 1.2 Dangers of Over-Reaction -- 1.3 Emergency Powers: International Norms -- 1.4 The Frequency of Emergencies -- 1.5 Scope of the Book -- 2 The Defence Power -- 2.1 Introduction -- 2.2 Pre-Thomas v. Mowbray Phase of the Defence Power -- 2.2.1 Farey v. Burvett -- 2.2.2 Stenhouse v. Coleman -- 2.2.3 Communist Party Case -- 2.2.4 Marcus Clark &amp -- Co Ltd v. Commonwealth -- 2.3 The Variable Scope of the Defence Power -- 2.3.1 The Wartime Phase of the Defence Power -- 2.3.2 The Post-War Phase of the Defence Power -- 2.3.3 The Peacetime Phase of the Defence Power -- 2.3.4 The Preparation for War Phase of the Defence Power -- 2.4 The Defence Power Post-Thomas v. Mowbray -- 2.5 The Proportionality Principle and the Defence Power -- 2.6 The Limits of the Defence Power -- 2.7 Conclusion -- 3 The Executive, the Prerogative and Emergencies -- 3.1 Introduction -- 3.2 The Nature and Source of Executive Power -- 3.2.1 The United Kingdom -- 3.2.2 Australia -- 3.3 Emergencies and the Executive - General Considerations -- 3.4 Australian Emergency Powers -- 3.4.1 Powers Arising under Statute -- 3.4.2 The Capacities of a Legal Person -- 3.4.3 Executive Power Appropriate to a National Government -- 3.4.4 Requisitions in Times of War -- 3.5 Conclusion -- 4 Maintenance of Public Order -- 4.1 Introduction -- 4.2 Australia's Public Order Framework -- 4.2.1 Constitutional Protections for Political Assembly
Literary Form
non fiction
Second edition.
First edition published as Emergency Powers, The Law Book Company Limited, 1984
Physical Description
1 online resource (xxxix, 273 pages), digital, PDF file(s).
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