Virtual parliament and the Australian Constitution

Published On: April 15, 2021

The possibility of being able to convene Parliament via a video conference would have seemed like science fiction when the Australian Constitution was being drafted in the late 1890s.

Yet today, Covid-19 makes the potential of a virtual sitting an appealing possibility to ensure that the Australia Parliament can convene. Anne Twomey, Professor of Constitutional Law at the University of Sydney has considered the constitutional implications of a virtual sitting, and what would need to be done for a virtual parliament to satisfy the requirements of the Australian Constitution.

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