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The rule of law

“Every person in [Australia] is required to live under and obey the law.  [This is the rule of law.] Every person is entitled to use the law to protect their rights and interests.”

From ‘About’, in the South Australian Law Handbook online, with adaptations and additions in brackets.
The South Australian Legal Services Commission,


Rule of law, statue of Themis, the Greek goddess of justice outside the Supreme Court of Queensland.

And another quote on the Rule of Law from a speech by the Hon Robert French AC, former Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia titled “Property, Planning and Human Rights”, Canberra, 25 March 2013.

“No official can make a decision which affects the legal rights and interests or liberties of a person or body unless such decision is authorised by law. There is no such thing as an unfettered discretion.”



  Themis, Greek goddess of justice, outside of the Supreme Court of Queensland, Brisbane. Image B Stead.

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