Choosing the Republic

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UNSW Press, 2009 - History - 238 pages
Exploring how the people in a constitutional monarchy may choose to institute a republic, this chronicle delves into republican philosophy, the history and practicalities of constitutional change, and the politics of popular debate. Featuring excerpts from interviews with key Australian leaders, the text examines the republican question from the perspectives of history, law, politics, and social science. Offering a new way of thinking about the process of constitutional change, this study puts popular choice--the hallmark of democracy--back at center stage. This is a thoughtful, insightful, and practical account of Australia's political past and what alterations will be necessary if Australia is to become a republic.
 

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 The 200year drought
9
2 Raising the question
21
3 Altering the Australian Constitution
31
4 Glimpsing the GovernorGeneral
63
5 The politics of minimalism
89
selecting the head of state
112
7 Mis behaviour in republican Australia
145
8 Ask the leaders and the people
174
9 The incurable republic
198
Notes
206
Index
233
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Glenn Patmore is a senior lecturer in law at the University of Melbourne and has been admitted to practice as a barrister and solicitor of the Supreme Court of Victoria. A firm supporter of an Australian republic, he is a member of both the Centre for Employment and Labour Relations Law and the Centre for Comparative Studies.

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