- The Oxford Handbook of the Australian Constitution
- Table of Cases
- Table of Legislation
- List of Abbreviations
- List of Contributors
- First Peoples
- Rule of Law
- Common Law
- Unwritten Rules
- International Law
- Comparative Constitutional Law
- State Constitutions
- Australia in the International Order
- Authority of the High Court of Australia
- Judicial Reasoning
- Standards of Review in Constitutional Review of Legislation
- Techniques of Adjudication
- Separation of Legislative and Executive Power
- The Judicature
- The Separation of Judicial Power
- The Constitutionalization of Administrative Law
- Co-Operative Federalism
- The Passage Towards Economic Union in Australia’s Federation
- The Federal Principle
- Federal Jurisdiction
- Rights Protection in Australia
- Due Process
- Political Participation
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This chapter discusses the executive branch in Australia. It demonstrates the relationship between the explicit terms of the Australian Constitution and the way the Executive is actually organized. It also identifies the unwritten but constitutionally salient features of executive organization, and how they relate to broader constitutional values such as responsible government, effectiveness, and legality. The chapter highlights the various ways of controlling Executive action, from the traditional parliamentary and judicial channels, to mechanisms such as party structures, departmental reporting, and accounting obligations, and centrally imposed budgetary and financial disciplines, alongside scrutiny by integrity bodies.
Terence Daintith is a professorial fellow at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, University of London.
Yee-Fui Ng is a lecturer at RMIT University.
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