Government control of royal assent in Victoria
Source TitleConstitutional Law and Policy Review
University of Melbourne Author/sWaugh, John
AffiliationLaw: Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies
Document TypeJournal (Paginated)
CitationsWaugh, J. (2006) Government control of royal assent in Victoria. Constitutional Law and Policy Review, 8(4), 69-74.
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The giving of royal assent to proposed laws was the centre of a controversy in Victoria in 2005. These events directed fresh attention to the power of the Queen's representative, the Governor, and of the Victorian Government, over Bills that have passed both Houses of Parliament but not yet become law. This article comments on the legal basis of royal assent and the question of whether the government can advise the Governor to withhold assent to a Bill that has passed both Houses.
Keywordsparliament; royal assent; Victoria; Australia; withholding royal assent; Racing and Gambling Acts (Amendment) Bill 2005; reserve powers; State Governor; Executive Council; State constitutional law
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