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Five Things to Know About the Australian Constitution

Five Things to Know About the Australian Constitution

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  • Date Published: September 2004
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521603706

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  • In this excellent new book, Helen Irving delves into the mystery that is the Australian constitution by discussing the major national debates of recent years. Many people want to understand and take part in the debate about constitutional issues but they face a significant hurdle: the constitution is almost unreadable. It does not mean what it says, and nor does it say what it means. There are many myths in circulation about what the constitution says and as many assumptions about what it does. Helen Irving, one of this country's foremost constitutional experts, puts various constitutional confusions to rest, and invites a general audience into an understanding of the issues that were once reserved for experts.

    • One of Australia's foremost constitutional experts explains its notoriously difficult constitution in terms accessible to a lay readership
    • An alternative and conversational look at Australia's constitution, covering major contemporary debates
    • Puts various constitutional confusions to rest
    • Includes a copy of the Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia
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    'In this book, Helen Irving provides a neat and innovative way of looking at Australia's constitution. She simplifies difficult and complex issues that go to the heart of our system of government.' Michelle Grattan

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    Product details

    • Date Published: September 2004
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521603706
    • length: 172 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 10 mm
    • weight: 0.23kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction
    1. The Constitution does not mean what it says
    2. The Constitution does not say what it means
    3. The Constitution says some things without actually saying them
    4. The Constitution fails to say things that might be important
    5. The Constitution says things that contradict each other
    Conclusion: The Constitution could say what it means and mean what it says (if we wanted it to)
    Appendix: The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia.

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    Helen Irving, University of Sydney

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