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  • Print publication year: 2018
  • Online publication date: October 2018

4 - Maintenance of Public Order


This chapter examines the power of Australian governments, both federal and state, to address public disorder against a backdrop of recognised constitutional protections for political assembly, especially the judicially established implied freedom of political communication. The laws, statutory and common law, pertaining to unlawful assembly, anti-association legislative measures, sedition, and special public disorder emergency powers are scrutinised.