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8HCC - TERM 1: Law in action

Term 1 - Democracy in action, Australian identity, law in action, history overview and the significance of individuals

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What is the Rule of Law?

What is the 'Rule of Law'?

The Rule of Law is a legal tradition in Australian society. At its simplest it requires that we have laws that are followed and enforced. The rule of law pyramid demonstrates how different legal principles uphold the rule of law, and how they protect rights, freedoms and stability in our legal system.


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Online encyclopaedias are great for short, concise and correct information. Access and specific sign on details are available on the Hale Portal - Encyclopaedias page.

  • Variety of reading levels
  • Quality resources including text, images, videos and ‘Web’s Best Sites’
  • Read aloud facility
  • Size your font up or down
  • Ready-made citation

  • Easy-to-understand articles
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Reference Generator

It is important to provide evidence of using a variety of reliable resources. Use the online Reference Generator available through the Portal to create your citations. Make sure you alphabetically sort them afterwards.

A sample bibliography for 3 resources suggested on these pages would look like:

Criminal law 2018. Britannica School. Retrieved 22 March 2018, from

Find Legal Answers 2013, How laws are made - Parliament, 30 November, accessed 22 March 2018, <>.

Infosheet 7 - Making laws n.d., Parliament of Australia, accessed 22 March 2018, <>.