Note Well - some of these appear elsewhere on www.arjaymartin.com, as previously explained - a lot are US Centric - it'd be great if Australia could have some more Statesmen/Stateswomen in order for me to stick more up here, from here.
' The Government is good at one thing:
It knows how to break your legs, hand you a crutch, and say, "See. if it weren't for the Government, you wouldn't be able to walk". ' - Harry Browne
In 1901 there were 28 Bills Presented to the House of Representatives (Federal / Commonwealth Parliament), with 31 Parliamentary Sitting Weeks, resulting in 17 Acts.
In 2012 there were 210 Bills Presented to the House of Representatives (Federal / Commonwealth Parliament), with a mere 17 Parliamentary Sitting Weeks, resulting in 206 Acts. - Arjay Martin.
Common expressions, such as: "The courts have declared a statute invalid," sometimes lead to misunderstanding.
A pretended law made in excess of power is not and never has been a law at all. Anybody in the country is entitled to disregard it. Naturally he will feel safer if he has a decision of a court in his favour—but such a decision is not an element which produces invalidity in any law.
The law is not valid until a court pronounces against it—and thereafter invalid.
If it is beyond power it is invalid ab initio - Then Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia (Latham, CJ).
'Now bills were passed, not only for national objects, but for individual cases; laws were most numerous when the Commonwealth was most corrupt' - Tacitus.
'Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other' - John Adams .
'In 1986 there were
5, 528 Petitions presented to the House of Representatives, a part of the Parliament of the Commonwealth ('Federal Parliament'),
with an unlisted number of signatures.
By 2000 we were down to
289 Petitions presented to the House of Representatives,
with 1, 411, 278 signatures.
Last year, 2012, there were a measly
120 Petitions presented to the House of Representatives,
with 241, 587 signatures' - Arjay Martin.
'The more numerous the Laws, the more corrupt the Government' - Tacitus.