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Five things to know about the Australian Constitution

Author: Helen Irving
Publisher: Cambridge, UK ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"In this 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 impenetrable. In many of its sections, it does not mean what it says, nor does it say what it means. There are many  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Helen Irving
ISBN: 0521603706 9780521603706
OCLC Number: 55745097
Notes: Includes index.
Description: vi, 162 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: The constitution does not mean what it says : does the Governor-General really command Australia's troops? --
The constitution does not say what it means : why does Australia have a prime minister? --
The constitution says some things without actually saying them : how is free speech protected in Australia? --
The constitution fails to say things that might be important : who is in charge in a national emergency? --
The constitution says things that contradict each other : can the government govern without the senate?
Responsibility: Helen Irving.
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