Prima Facie a podcast about law, order, and legal issues.
About This Show
Prima Facie is a fortnightly law & order podcast, hosted by an actual real life ex Victoria Police officer and an actual real life lawyer.
Both hosts are incredibly witty, handsome, charming and very, very modest, or maybe not but they do know a lot about the law, a lot. Ron was an actual detective in the Victoria Police Force and David wasn't, but has always wanted to be but has to settle with the fact that he is a lawyer admitted to practice in the state of Victoria.
Since we both come from different law "worlds" discussion is often (maybe almost always) fiery, and whatever you do, don't mention Uber...
Most Recent Episode
Ep 40 - Barnaby Joyce and the Constitutional Conundrum, The Plebiscite, New Victorian Chief Justice
3 days ago
Section 44(i) of the Australian Constitution is very clear. It says that any person who is a subject or a citizen of a foreign power, or who is entitled to the rights or privileges of a subject or a citizen of a foreign power, is incapable of sitting as a senator or a member of the House of Representatives.
This appears to have caught several members and senators by surprise in recent weeks, the latest being Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce. If the High Court determines that Mr Joyce is ineligible to sit in parliament, a by-election will need to be called for his seat, placing the entire Turnbull government in serious jeopardy.
David and Ron discuss the Australian Constitution, why we have this clause and its relevance in modern Australian politics.
It would appear that the Same-Sex Marriage plebiscite has been replaced with an optional postal vote to be conducted by the Australian Bureau of Statistics. David helpfully offers to run a Survey Monkey campaign and save the taxpayer $122 million. Is the result of the postal vote legally binding in any way? David and Ron discuss the legal grounds of a High Court appeal which hopes to stop the postal vote from taking place.
And Victoria has a new Chief Justice. Our Attorney General last week announced the appointment of the Honourable Justice Anne Ferguson, replacing retiring Chief Justice Marilyn Warren in October.
All this and more on your favourite Law and Order podcast, Prima Facie.