By H. P. Lee, George Winterton

Highlighting turning issues within the shaping of the Australian state for the reason that Federation, this assortment examines circumstances from their felony and political context, via their implementation and eventual impression on constitutional reform. Contributions through recognized constitutional attorneys, judges and former leader justices make sure the price of the research.

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88 Reid was a freetrader and objected to the Bill on the ground that it would betray that cause.

15 was to have legislative authority with respect to relations with the ‘islands of the Pacific’, ‘Prevention of the influx of criminals’, ‘fisheries’, as well as matters ‘referred’ to the Council. All these areas of Commonwealth authority resonate in s. 51 of the Australian Constitution. The Federal Council of Australasia Act was to be finally repealed by covering cl. 7 of the Constitution, but not before it had served an important, if limited, function. It was, to use Alfred Deakin’s words: a political phenomenon, almost unclassifiable, and so entirely local in character and origin that it may be termed indigenous.

M. 30 the following morning. 2 This incident, like so many others along the road to Centennial Park, was a moment when the emerging Commonwealth stood at a crossroads. Decisions, compromise, procrastination, hard politicking and gentle persuasion were all part of the progression towards Sydney on the first day of January 1901. The story of Federation is one that has been told and scarcely needs repeating. This chapter will however outline some of the events that marked the unification of the six colonies into the new Commonwealth.

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