Quotes and Examples – Separation of Powers

James Madison

The accumulation of all powers Legislative, Executive, Judiciary in the same hands, whether of one, a few or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed or elective may justly be pronounced the very definition of tyranny

Baron de Montesquieu

There is no liberty yet if the power to judge is not separated from the legislature and executive power

James Madison Ambition must be made to counteract ambition


Court cases

  • Sykes v Cleary 1992 – s 42
  • Lane v Morrison 2009 – s 71
  • Victorian Stevedoring┬áv Dignan 1931 – delegated legislation and the legislative ability of the Exec


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