“[T]his work is comprehensive in its treatment of all aspects of Victorian constitutional law whether they be historical, jurisprudential or practical. Occasionally the author offers his own views upon the direction which the law has taken or should take, but in a manner which adds freshness to the text or adds interest for the reader.
This is a legal text-book and is bound to be a standard text for many years to come. There is no other comprehensive work which covers Victorian constitutional law. But it is digestible in a way that many other text-books are not. It will provide a wealth of understanding and insight to teachers, students, practitioners, public servants, members of Parliament and others for whom an understanding of the Victorian Constitution is of interest and, often, necessity. It is not only the courts which are concerned with constitutional law. This work has a practical application in many other areas and for many who are not lawyers. It will provide practical guidance where that is possible and, where it is not, will provide a scholarly foundation upon which to build the correct answer.”Sir Daryl Dawson, from The Foreword - full text below (see Extracts)
This is the standard reference work on the Constitution of Victoria. Since the election of the Bracks government and its gaining a majority in both Houses of Parliament, the Victorian Constitution has undergone far-reaching change, making it markedly different from other Australian State Constitutions in a number of respects.
This work analyses and comments on the new and old provisions of the Victorian Constitution and is essential for understanding the effect of the changes, some of which are of doubtful validity.
Being the first book to cover the topic in such detail, it is clearly a necessary addition to any law library. The author does not leave any stone unturned and indeed, this marks it as a very useful reference book but not, for the same reasons, a particularly good cover-to-cover read. ... Taylor's thoroughness sometimes led to the sort of tedium associated with State constitutional law. That said, the refreshing lack of tedium associated with The Chameleon Crown and State Constitutional Landmarks are more to do with the purpose of those books, which were published for a wider readership than the legal community. Taylor's book is not intended to be an entertaining read, but a scholarly reference book.
... The final chapter on amendment of the constitution is very good. The Victorian Constitution is unique in the manner of its mechanism for dealing with amendment, and Taylor shows a powerful grasp of its characteristics. Indeed, the author's command of his subject is redoubtable. ...
Those most likely to find the book useful in their professional life are Victorian judges, barristers and parliamentarians. ...
Those possessing the book will have at their fingertips a resource giving them command over every aspect of the present-day Victorian Constitution. It is the only book in its field and will be an invaluable resource for some time to come ... its place in any good reference collection ought to be assured. - Australian Law Librarian, Vol 15 No 2, 2007
State constitutional law in AustraliaSources of Victorian constitutional lawReception of English common law and British statutes in VictoriaLocal governmentBoundaries of VictoriaState emblems and seals
Victorian Constitutionalism - A Brief History
Bearbrass and the Port Phillip DistrictSeparationThe Constitution of 1855Early constitutional developmentDevelopments from Federation to the Constitution of 1975The 1975 consolidation and afterwards
The Crown and The Executive
The QueenDemise of The Crown, regency and successionRoyal Style and TitlesThe GovernorThe Lieutenant-Governor, Administrator and DeputiesExecutive Council : LawExecutive Council : Practice and procedurePowers of the Governor : StatutoryPowers of the Governor : PrerogativeConstitutional conventions and reserve powers
Membership and operationThe PremierMinistersThe Attorney-General - not just a MinisterCaretaker conventions
Parliament - Structure and Powers
The title "Parliament"Accountability of members of ParliamentBicameral structureElection and supervision of executive'[I]n and for Victoria in all cases whatsoeverPresiding officersQualifications of membersDisqualifications arising after election'The principle of Government mandate'Parliamentary privilegeRestrictions on State legislative power
Parliament - Workings and Practice
The legislative processPublic and private BillsDrafting and commencement of ActsDelegated legislationQuorumsExpiry, dissolution, prorogation, adjournmentDisputes between the HousesSpecial legislative procedures for financial BillsStanding rules and ordersParliamentary committeesTitles of members
Victoria's Electoral System
by Dr Nick Economou
The Supreme Court of the State of VictoriaRole of the High Court of AustraliaOther Courts and tribunalsAppointment of JudgesRemoval of judicial officers from officeSeparation of powers : non-judicial functions and the State JudiciarySeparation of powers : legislation affecting judicial process
Amendment of the Constitution
The applicable lawAnalysis of Victorian provisionsInterpretation and enforcement