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The Constitution of Australia: A Contextual Analysis


ISBN13: 9781841137346
Published: November 2010
Publisher: Hart Publishing
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Paperback
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Consistently with the aims of the series, the book canvasses the Australian constitutional system in a way that explains its form and operation, provides a critical evaluation of it and conveys a sense of the contemporary national debate.

The chapters deal respectively with the foundations of Australian constitutionalism, its history from the time of European settlement, the nature of the Australian Constitutions, the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government, federalism and multi-level government, rights protection and prospects for future change.

Running through all the chapters is the story of the gradual evolution of Australian constitutionalism within the lean but almost unchanging framework of the formal, written, national Constitution. A second theme traces the way in which the present, distinctive, constitutional arrangements in Australia emerged from creative tension between the British and United States constitutional traditions on which the Australian Constitution originally drew and which continues to manifest itself in various ways.

The book is written in a clear and accessible style for informed but non-specialist readers in countries around the world. Each chapter is followed by additional references to enable particular issues to be pursued further by readers who seek to do so.

Subjects:
Constitutional and Administrative Law, Other Jurisdictions , Australia
Contents:
1. Foundations
I Settlement
II Federation
III Independence
IV Reconciliation
2. Constitutions
I Form and Content
II Status
III Authority
IV Constitution and the Common Law
3. Constitutional Review
I Framework
II Approach
III Sources
4. Representative Democracy
I Principle
II Institutions
III Legislative Function
IV Political Rights
5. Responsible Government
I Principle
II Crown
III Government
IV Power
6. Separation of Judicial Power
I Principles
II Commonwealth
III States
IV Rule of Law
7. Federalism
I Principle
II Power and Authority
III Social and Economic Union
IV Co-operation
8. Rights and Freedoms
I Principle
II Beyond the Formal Constitution
III Constitutional Rights
IV Rights Instruments

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