No Ordinary Act: J.A. la Nauze on Federation and the Constitution

Overview

John La Nauze was one of Australia's most important historians and the leading authority on the history of Federation and the Constitution. No Ordinary Act is a collection of his published papers on this subject. With the centenary of Federation, there is a strong and growing impulse for study and debate on the Australian Constitution. La Nauze's collected essays will serve as a valuable resource for and contribution to that debate.
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Overview

John La Nauze was one of Australia's most important historians and the leading authority on the history of Federation and the Constitution. No Ordinary Act is a collection of his published papers on this subject. With the centenary of Federation, there is a strong and growing impulse for study and debate on the Australian Constitution. La Nauze's collected essays will serve as a valuable resource for and contribution to that debate.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780522848069
  • Publisher: Melbourne University Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/1/2001
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.53 (d)

Table of Contents

Editorial Note
Introduction 1
The Inter-State Commission 24
The Hopetoun Blunder 36
A Day to Remember: A Fragment of Narrative History 82
Who Are the Fathers? 86
A Little Bit of Lawyers' Language: The History of 'Absolutely Free' 111
'Other Like Services': Physics and the Australian Constitution 147
The Name of the Commonwealth of Australia 158
Federal Conventions - the 1890s and Now 173
Notes 180
Select Works by La Nauze 196
Place of First Publication of the Papers 197
Index 198
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