"My advice to the Governor General is much simpler: do whatever you like. It may come as some surprise to those who have not read our Constitution, but Quentin Bryce has a prerogative power which can be exercised at her whim."
"So what do we take from all this? Our
democracy is fragile and relies heavily on conventions rather than strict
enforceable rules. But equally such conventions make the system responsive to
the political trends of the day. For Quentin Bryce, the conclusion is that any
personal conflicts of interest are completely irrelevant and whilst she may be
wise to accept Paul Kelly's advice, ultimately, she can do whatever she
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