Papers on Parliament no. 66

October 2016

© Commonwealth of Australia 2016
ISSN 1031–976X (online ISSN 2206–3579)



Graeme Orr is a Professor of Law at the University of Queensland, with special interests in the regulation of democracy, and language/symbols and their relationship to law. Graeme is the author of Ritual and Rhythm in Electoral Systems (Ashgate, 2015), The Law of Politics (Federation Press, 2010) and, with Ron Levy, The Law of Deliberative Democracy (Routledge, 2016).

Stephen Argument is Legal Adviser to the Senate Standing Committee on Regulations and Ordinances and Legal Adviser (Subordinate Legislation) to the ACT Standing Committee on Justice and Community Safety (Legislative Scrutiny Role).

Cheryl Saunders is the founding director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at the University of Melbourne and a Director of Studies of Public and International Law in the Melbourne Law Masters. She is the author of The Australian Constitution: A Contextual Analysis (Hart Publishing, 2011) and has particular current interests in the scope and operation of executive power.

Simon Tormey is Professor of Political Theory and Head of the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Sydney. He is the author of a number of books on political theory and sociology, most recently The End of Representative Politics? (Polity, 2015).

Bede Harris is a Senior Lecturer in Law at Charles Sturt University. He has taught constitutional law in South Africa, New Zealand and Australia, and published articles on public law, legal dualism and recognition of Indigenous law. His most recent books are Freedom, Democracy and Accountability—A Vision for a New Australian Constitution (Vivid Publishing, 2012) and Exploring the Frozen Continent: What Australians Think of Constitutional Reform (Vivid Publishing, 2014).

Leah Armstrong is chair of both the Supply Nation and the New South Wales Aboriginal Housing Office boards and was the CEO of Reconciliation Australia from 2010 to 2014. She is a member of the Prime Minister's Indigenous Advisory Council. She helped establish the successful Indigenous enterprise Yarnteen Ltd and has worked with Reconciliation Australia, Indigenous Business Australia and the Indigenous Business Policy Advisory Group.

Paula Waring is Assistant Director of the Research Section in the Department of the Senate.