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Reflections on the Australian Constitution

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Edited by: Robert French, Geoffrey Lindell, Cheryl Saunders

ISBN13: 9781862874626
Published: April 2004
Publisher: The Federation Press
Country of Publication: Australia
Format: Hardcover
Price: £90.00



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Leading Australian constitutional practitioners and scholars come together in this volume to reflect on 100 years of the Australian Constitution and on possible directions for the future. The essays are designed both to evaluate the Australian Constitution, in the light of the experience of the past 100 years, and to identify issues for the future.

Most of the authors are prominent figures in Australian constitutional law at the turn of the past century. Some are distinguished in the practice of constitutional law: a former Chief Justice of Australia, Sir Anthony Mason; a senior Justice of the Federal Court of Australia, who also was the inaugural President of the Native Title Tribunal, Justice Robert French (recently appointed to the High Court of Australia); a leader of the constitutional Bar, David Jackson QC. Others are well-known constitutional scholars: Leslie Zines, George Winterton, Geoffrey Lindell, Brian Opeskin, George Williams, Cheryl Saunders, John Waugh and Christos Mantziaris. The two exceptions are equally distinguished, but for other reasons. Professor John White is a leader of the Australian scientific community. Professor Thomas Fleiner is a leading international constitutional scholar and a former president of the International Association of Constitutional Law.

One of the strengths of the book is the breadth and depth of knowledge of its authors. In reflecting on their collective experiences over at least the last two decades of the 20th century, it adds an important new layer to the foundation of constitutional experience on which the next generation of scholars and practitioners may build.

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Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Australia
Contents:
The Australian Constitution in retrospect and prospect The Hon Sir Anthony Mason Lawyers, historians and Federation history Mr John Waugh The acquisition of independence Professor George Winterton The Constitution and the people Justice Robert French Changing attitudes to federalism and its purpose Professor Leslie Zines Internationalisation of rights and the Constitution Mr D F Jackson QC National Science and Industry Policy - balancing the centrifugal tendency Professor John W White The executive - a common law understanding of legal reform and responsibility Mr Christos Mantziaris Australian constitutional law in a global era Mr Brian Opeskin Globalisation of the Constitution - the impact of international norms Professor George Williams Future prospects of the Australian Constitution Professor Cheryl Saunders The Age of Constitutions Professor Thomas Fleiner Table of Cases/ Table of Statutes/ Index