Egan v Willis and Egan v Chadwick: The triumph of responsible government

Date of this Version

January 2006

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publication Details

Carney, Gerard (2006) Egan v Willis and Egan v Chadwick: The Triumph of Responsible Government is a chapter in Winterton, George; State Constitutional Landmarks, Sydney, The Federation Press, 2006.
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2006 HERDC submission


The constitutional significance of Egan v Willis, a decision of the High Court in 1998, and of Egan v Chadwick, a decision of the New South Wales Court of Appeal in 1999, is profound - both within the State of New South Wales and nationally. The cases judicially confirm the fundamental role of each House of Parliament, including the Legislative Council to scrutinise the activities of the Executive branch.

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