We already have a Bill of Rights (letter)by M. MitchellNews Weekly
, August 27, 2005
I refer to Bill Muehlenberg's "What is wrong with a Bill of Rights?" (News Weekly
, August 13, 2005).
Is he aware that the William and Mary 1688 Bill of Rights (which marked the transition of Britain from an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy, i.e., a republic) is still on Australia's state statute books, including the state of Victoria's?
Indeed, it has been used relatively recently in Queensland to defend an MP charged with defamation.
Other matters, such as the writ of habeas corpus
and many common-law protections which we still enjoy, are to be found there, as well as the right to own and carry arms. One part is amusing as it could be interpreted as prohibiting on-the-spot fines.M. Mitchell,