A Federal Republic: Australia's Constitutional System of Government

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CUP Archive, Sep 14, 1995 - Political Science - 283 pages
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This provocative book, first published in 1995, argues that Australia is already a federal republic rather than a constitutional monarchy. It argues that by adopting a federal constitution in 1901 Australians ensured their status as a sovereign people. While the book does not deny the parliamentary and monarchic elements of the Australian system, it calls for a positive reassessment of the Constitution. Brian Galligan forcefully argues that the Australian Constitution has primacy over the other political institutions of the nation. The book considers fundamental issues that arise in discussion of the Constitution and federalism, including the role of the Senate, the possibility of a bill of rights, the way the High Court fits into the current system and the nature of governmental relations. This book will overturn the orthodoxies of much informed opinion and will challenge republicans and monarchists alike. Brian Galligan's unique perspective as a political scientist throws light on many aspects of federalism and will stimulate wide debate.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Towards and beyond 2001
239
Bibliography
255

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Brian Galligan is a Professor of Political Science at the University of Melbourne. He is the author or co-author of eight books on Australian politics and political economy, including: Beyond the Protective State (1992), A Federal Republic (1995), Citizens without Rights (1997) and Australians and Globalisation (2001). He is joint author of Australian Citizenship (2004) and Becoming Australian (2014) and co-editor of The Oxford Companion to Australian Politics (2007) and Human Rights in Asia (2011).

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