6: Defence

Current text:

The Parliament shall, subject to this Constitution, have power to make laws for the peace, order, and good government of the Commonwealth with respect to:

"the naval and military defence of the Commonwealth and of the several States, and the control of forces to execute and maintain the laws of the Commonwealth"


  • Kate Chetty, "A history of the defence power: its uniqueness, elasticity, and use in limiting rights" (2016) 16 Macquarie University Law Journal 17 (pdf)