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The High Court of Australia has several interesting cases before it right now.
I’ve already pinpointed the challenge to the federally funded School Chaplaincy Program.

Rocking the boat is a very succinct article on the current injunction to halt the Malaysia refugee swap scheme on the basis that the Australian government does not have the power to enact it.

Our legal system often gets sledged because it tends to operate in a rarified atmosphere – indeed justice is never so blind as when it fails to deliver the verdict we think is right. However both these cases show how, in the High Court at least, this “second tier of government” protects us from the emotions of the zeitgeist and political opportunism.

The outcomes of both these cases will leave some parties unhappy. At least it won’t be personal!