Australian democracy is based on the rule of law. This means that every person, regardless of who they are, is subject to the same law and has access to the same legal and judicial processes.
The rule of law is enshrined in the Australian Constitution. It restricts the powers of government and parliament and protects against the influence of arbitrary power. In our judicial system, judges interpret the rule of law by balancing community rights and freedoms with the powers of government, security and law enforcement agencies.
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