Commonwealth v ACT (2013) 250 CLR 441 (“The Same-sex Marriage Case”)

Facts Section 51(xxi) of the Constitution provides the Federal Parliament with power to make laws with respect simply to “marriage”. In 2013, the ACT Legislative Assembly passed The Marriage Equality (Same Sex) Act 2013 (ACT) (Equality Act).  This authorised same-sex marriages. […]

Amalgamated Society of Engineers v Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd (1920) 28 CLR 129

Facts A union of engineers commenced a claim in the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration against Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd for an award relating to 844 employers across Australia. In Western Australia, the employers included three State governmental employers. […]