A Constitutionalist Candidate

In my studies and practice as a lawyer, I have held a keen interest in both Administrative law and Constitutional Law.

The former, concerns the exercise of government power and decision-making by government departments and Ministers. The latter, concerns the foundational law of our nation - that which determines what powers the government holds, and how they may be exercised.

My deep interest in the subject has led me on many occassions to criticise both the Australian judiciary and political branches of government - both on the state and federal levels.

I am a committed 'public meaning originalist'. This means, in simple terms, I believe that the constitution retains the original public meaning it held at the time it was enacted - and only changes when expressly amended by the Australian People.

As such, it isn't for the courts to change the meaning by re-interpretation or reference to the "changing times".

This isn't to say that the constitution shouldn't be amended. Quite the opposite - there are a long list of amendments we should be seriously discussing in Australia right now to improve our system of government. However, until we vote to make changes - it isn't for lawyers and judges to do that for us.

I consider myself a constitutionalist. And my legal writing has led me to success in a number of competitions. The most prestigious being the 'Governor General's Prize' run by the Constitution Education Fund of Australia (CEFA). I was awarded First Prize and the George Winterton Cup for my submission in defence of our Australian Senate.

The essay can be read here.

The competition has run for over 20 years, and in that time I am the only lawyer from Western Sydney University to win first prize. Howzat' for the son of a migrant mechanic, and a childcare teacher!