Election Funding and the Implied Freedom of Political Communication - Unions NSW v NSW

The Constitutional Centre of WA Lecture series

Wednesday 3 April 2019


  • Dr Murray Wesson, Senior Lecturer, UWA Law School
  • Dr Martin Drum, Associate Professor, Politics and International Relations, University of Notre Dame


  • Cobey Taggart, Barrister, Murray Chambers

About the Seminar:

This seminar explored the implications for legislation regulating political donations after the High Court’s recent decision in Unions NSW v New South Wales [2019] HCA 1. The case saw the Court unanimously strike down s 29(10) of the Electoral Funding Act 2018 (NSW) as impermissibly burdening the constitutionally protected implied freedom of political communication. Both the constitutional and electoral funding implications of the case were explored during the seminar.