What is the role of the High Court in interpreting the Constitution?
The main job of the High Court of Australia is to interpret the Australian Constitution and to settle disputes about its meaning. The High Court has the power to consider federal – national – laws and decide whether the Constitution gives the Australian Parliament the power to make that law. The High Court can invalidate – cancel – any law or a part of a law it finds to be unconstitutional.
The High Court of Australia.
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