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Vol 21 No 9 Sept/Oct 2016

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The Constitution of a Federal Commonwealth: The Making and Meaning of the Australian Constitution

ISBN13: 9780521716895
Published: February 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
Price: £34.99

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By analysing original sources and evaluating conceptual frameworks, Nicholas Aroney discusses the idea proclaimed in the Preamble to the Constitution that Australia is a federal commonwealth. Taking careful account of the influence which the American, Canadian and Swiss Constitutions had upon the framers of the Australian Constitution, the author shows how the framers wrestled with the problem of integrating federal ideas with inherited British traditions and their own experiences of parliamentary government.

In so doing, the book explains how the Constitution came into being in the context of the groundswell of federal ideas then sweeping the English-speaking world. In advancing an original argument about the relationship between the formation of the Constitution, the representative institutions, configurations of power and amending formulas contained therein, fresh light is shed on the terms and structure of the Constitution and a range of problems associated with its interpretation and practical operation are addressed.

  • Deals separately with historical, political and legal issues, thus enabling historians, political scientists and lawyers to focus upon those aspects of the book that are of most relevance
  • Includes a thorough index and table of statutes and cases, enabling the book to be used as a reference work
  • Includes an extensive bibliography, enabling readers to use the book for further research