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In recent times, it seems the Australian Constitution has been in the headlines more often than not. Accordingly, the High Court has been in the spotlight, too.
What are our expectations of the judiciary with regard to keeping the other branches of government in check? How well do citizens, and legislators, understand the constitution and the High Court’s role in interpreting it?
Sally Warhaft is joined by John Hewson and Adrienne Stone for a Fifth Estate conversation about recent matters facing the High Court and its role in Australian democracy today.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians' lives in the fog of the Covid-19 pandemic. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.
Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.
John Hewson is an economic and financial expert with experience in academia, business, government and the financial system.
He has worked as an economist for the Australian Treasury, the Reserve Bank, the IMF and as an advisor to two successive federal treasurers and the prime minister. He is currently a professor at the Crawford School ANU.
Adrienne Stone is Redmond Barry Distinguished Professor and director of the Centre for Comparative Constitutional Studies at Melbourne Law School and an Australian Laureate Fellow.
She writes and lectures about constitutional law in Australia and globally and has special expertise on freedom of expression. She is the co-author of Open Minds: Academic Freedom and Freedom of Speech to be published by Black Inc in March 2021. Adrienne has a strong interest in US constitutional law developed while studying at Columbia Law School in the 1990s, where she also had the honour of meeting Justice Ginsburg on several occasions.
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