Australian Constitution: Annotated Source Documents 1880-1901

Overview

This collection of primary source material on the Australian commonwealth constitution of 1901 brings together original unedited drafts, memoranda, comments by the drafters, and personal letters about the process of drafting the text. Political records including the Hasnard extracts, speeches, and newspaper cartoons reveal the opinions of political leaders and the feelings of the populace about the landmark document. The early drafts and evolution of the document reveal much about Australian constitutional law ...
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Overview

This collection of primary source material on the Australian commonwealth constitution of 1901 brings together original unedited drafts, memoranda, comments by the drafters, and personal letters about the process of drafting the text. Political records including the Hasnard extracts, speeches, and newspaper cartoons reveal the opinions of political leaders and the feelings of the populace about the landmark document. The early drafts and evolution of the document reveal much about Australian constitutional law and political history. Two volumes of 640 pages each with slipcase


About the Author:
John Williams is a professor of constitutional law and legal history at the University of Adelaide law school. He is a former Menzies Foundation fellow at King's College London. He is the coeditor of the Australian Journal of Legal History and The New Federalist.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522850420
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/28/2004
  • Edition description: SLIPCASE
  • Pages: 1280
  • Product dimensions: 9.20 (w) x 12.42 (h) x 2.83 (d)

Table of Contents

I The federal movement : 1840s-1870s
1 Early documents related to federation 3
II Councils and conferences : 1880-1891
2 Federal council 15
3 Australasian Federation Conference, Melbourne, 1890 22
4 Sir Samuel Griffith's 'ghost' draft, 1890 26
5 Successive stages of the constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia, 1891 31
6 Preparatory documents for the national Australasian convention, Sydney, 1891 34
7 Constitutional committee, Sydney, 1891 51
8 The drafting process 61
9 Andrew Inglis Clark's draft constitution, 1891 63
10 Charles Cameron Kingston's draft constitution, 1891 113
11 First official draft of the constitution bill, Sydney, 1891 134
12 The voyage of the Lucinda 162
13 Revised constitution, Sydney, 1891 212
14 Constitutional committee meeting, Sydney, 1891 259
15 Draft adopted by the constitutional committee, Sydney, 1891 289
16 Finance committee report, Sydney, 1891 338
17 Judiciary committee report, Sydney, 1891 350
18 Consideration by the committee of the whole convention, Sydney, 1891 363
19 Final draft, Sydney, 1891 411
III The federation decade : 1891-1901
20 The years between 461
21 The enabling acts 465
22 Resolutions presented to the national Australasian convention, Adelaide, 1897 475
23 Convention committees, Adelaide, 1897 481
24 Drafting committee, Adelaide, 1897 493
25 Draft constitution bill, Adelaide, 1897 496
26 Responses to the 1897 draft bill 612
27 Sir Samuel Griffith's critique of the 1897 bill 614
28 Colonial parliaments and the 1897 draft bill 666
29 Colonial office criticisms 711
30 Sydney session of the Australasian federal convention, 1897 762
31 Melbourne session of the Australasian federal convention, 1898 794
32 Referendum, 1898 1142
33 Premiers' conference, Melbourne, 1899 1147
34 London, 1900 1160
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