Attorney General for New South Wales v Trethowan: PC 31 May 1932

Appeal against a decree made by the Supreme Court of New South Wales, dated the 23rd December, 1930, whereby it was declared that a Bill to abolish the Legislative Council, or to repeal or amend the provisions of section 7 A of the Constitution Act, 1902, could not be presented to His Excellency the Governor for the Royal Assent until approved by the electors in accordance with such section, and whereby several injunctions were granted to restrain the presenta tion of two Bills framed and designed to effect the above purposes until the same had respectively been approved by the electors in accordance with the said section.
‘Reading the section as a whole, it gives to the legislature of New South Wales certain powers, subject to this, that in respect of some laws they can only become effectual provided they have been passed in such manner and form as may from time to time be required by any Act still on the statute book.’

Lord Sankey LC, Blanesborough, Hanworth, Atkin, Russell of Killowen LL
[1932] UKPC 1, [1932] UKPC 39, [1932] AC 526, [1932] AC 275, (1930-1931) 44 CLR 394


Updated: 30 December 2021; Ref: scu.546853