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Australia's Constitution After Whitlam


ISBN13: 9781107119468
Published: April 2017
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Country of Publication: UK
Format: Hardback
Price: £85.00
Paperback edition , ISBN13 9781107551992



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Australia's constitutional crisis of 1975 was not simply about the precise powers of the Senate or the Governor-General. It was about competing accounts of how to legitimate informal constitutional change. For Prime Minister Gough Whitlam, and the parliamentary tradition that he invoked, national elections sufficiently legitimated even the most constitutionally transformative of his goals. For his opponents, and a more complex tradition of popular sovereignty, more decisive evidence was required of the consent of the people themselves.

This book traces the emergence of this fundamental constitutional debate and chronicles its subsequent iterations in sometimes surprising institutional configurations: the politics of judicial appointment in the Murphy Affair; the evolution of judicial review in the Mason Court; and the difficulties Australian republicanism faced in the Howard Referendum. Though the patterns of institutional engagement have changed, the persistent question of how to legitimate informal constitutional change continues to shape Australia's constitution after Whitlam.

Subjects:
Other Jurisdictions , Australia
Contents:
Part I. Introduction:
1. New questions
2. The plan

Part II. Informal Constitutional Change:
3. The possibility of informal change
4. The identification of informal change
5. The legitimacy of informal change

Part III. The Whitlam Dismissal:
6. The standard narrative
7. The dismissal and the constitutional canon
8. The higher law narrative
9. Conclusion

Part IV. The Murphy Affair:
10. Events of 1975-1986
11. Murphy and the standard narrative
12. Murphy and the higher law narrative
13. Conclusion

Part V. The Mason Court:
14. Internal point of view
15. Dixon's orthodoxy
16. Popular sovereignty foreshadowed: 1962-1986
17. Popular sovereignty ascendant: 1987-1995
18. Parliamentary supremacy returns: 1996-
19. Conclusion

Part VI. The Howard Referendum:
20. Constitutional law and identity
21. Whitlam and Republicanism
22. Republicanism reinvented
23. Clash of grammars
24. Conclusion

Part VII. Conclusion.

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