Book Chapter

Australia - COVID-19 and Constitutional Law

Selena Bateman, Adrienne Stone

Covid-19 and Constitutional Law [COVID-19 et droit constitutionnel] | National Autonomous University of Mexico [Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico] | Published : 2020


The Commonwealth of Australia is a federal parliamentary democracy established by the Constitution of 1901. For the most part this constitutional system has appeared to function well during the COVID-19 pandemic and the response has inspired some innovations which may prove to be permanent. However, the pandemic has placed stress on federal relations and revealed weaknesses notably in parliamentary oversight of the executive and, to some extent, in rights protection.

University of Melbourne Researchers