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It's Your Constitution : Governing Australia today - Cheryl Saunders

It's Your Constitution

Governing Australia today

Paperback Published: July 2003
ISBN: 9781862874688
Number Of Pages: 232

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How do Australians have a say in their government?Who makes decisions in government and how?What limits are there on the powers of the Commonwealth and State governments? Fundamental issues which go to the heart of Australian democracy and provide the themes in this book. Writing with great insight and clarity, wearing her renowned scholarship lightly, Saunders enables all Australians to take an informed part in the current debates. She outlines how the Constitution can be altered and many of the issues which affect all Australians. Saunders describes:

how the Senate and House of Representatives work how much power the Prime Minister really has why the High Court is so important the role of the Governor-General who decides how to spend taxes how State and Commonwealth Governments work together

The book also contains a full copy of the Australian Constitution.

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[J]ust about the best book for non-lawyers on the nature and workings of the Australian Constitution I have ever encountered. ... Public debate on constitutional issues in Australia would be greatly improved if journalists, let alone the general public were to read this work in great numbers. ... Where the scholarly nature of the author does shine through though is in the choice of material. This is not a mere annotation of the Australian Constitution. Nor is it a 'dumbed down' version of a law school course in constitutional law. The book provides a wonderful summary of history of constitutonalism in England and her Australian colonies and the move towards Federation in Australia. In particular the account of the 1890s Constitutional Convention is excellent. Fundamental questions such as a 'What is a Parliament?' are dealt with in a manner which, despite the simplified language, is often profoundly insightful. ... It would be read with great profit by high school students, students of political science and history, journalists and the general public. ... a distinguished constitutional mind trying so hard and so successfully to express herself as simply and clearly as possible. - Ethos (Law Society of the ACT), No 190, December 2003

Introduction What is a Constitution? Three important questions How did we get the Constitution? What does the Constitution do? Changing times

Having a say We the people The idea of Parliament The Australian Parliaments The House of Representatives The Senate Disagreements between the Houses Democratic rights Changing the Constitution

Making decisions Different kinds of decisions Government and Parliament The Head of State Who's who in Executive Government Judges and courts Commonwealth or State Money matters

Limits on government Rule of law Checks and balances The separation of powers Protecting rights Making a nation

The future The Constitution turns one hundred

The Australian Constitution

ISBN: 9781862874688
ISBN-10: 1862874689
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 232
Published: July 2003
Publisher: Federation Press
Country of Publication: AU
Weight (kg): 0.29
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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