First Principles of Business Law

Government and law in Australia
5.1. The Crown

5.1.2. Powers of the Crown 



As the King's representatives, the Governor-General and Governors have various specified powers in Australian constitutional law.

  • They are the formal heads of state of the Commonwealth and the six states.
  • They exercise certain executive powers on the advice of the government such as appointing people to particular offices, signing treaties and granting licences and permits.
  • They exercise some legislative powers. One of these is giving royal assent to laws passed by the legislatures. They also have considerable powers, given by statute, to make law in certain matters (called delegated legislation).
  • They commission the judges who are appointed by the government to staff the courts.  

Question: Is it true to say that the Governor-General and Governors no longer have any constitutional powers except for those that they are required to exercise in the way the elected government of the day advises?



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