Australian Constitutional Landmarks by H. P. Lee, George Winterton

Australian Constitutional Landmarks by H. P. Lee, George Winterton

By H. P. Lee, George Winterton

Highlighting turning issues within the shaping of the Australian state considering that Federation, this assortment examines situations from their criminal and political context, via their implementation and eventual influence on constitutional reform. Contributions via recognized constitutional legal professionals, judges and former leader justices make sure the price of the research.

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But given his make-up, it is unlikely. However, his reputation for obstruction and erratic behaviour had travelled beyond the boundaries of New South Wales. In a letter written to Edmund Barton four days after Parkes’ Damascene luncheon with Lord Carrington, Inglis Clark, the AttorneyGeneral of Tasmania, named the culprit standing in the way of Federation. As he told Barton: You will remember that I told you how Parkes treated me in reference to the question [of New South Wales joining the Federal Council and the need for a ‘Federal Authority’] and you will therefore immediately understand why I do not open conversations with him upon it.

He agreed but only after some solid diplomatic work behind the scenes. The Conference met in the Legislative Council Chamber of the Victorian Parliament on 6 February in the heat of a Melbourne summer and ran until the 14th of that month. 67 First, the participants met as ‘delegates’ for their respective colonies. This was not a meeting of governments or an interparliamentary committee, so they had no authority to bind their respective colonies. This approach, especially after 1897, allowed personal attitudes rather than strict ministerial policy to guide the debate.

Early attempts at federation The federation of the Australian colonies could only take place after they were first granted independence from one another. Thus one of the many ironic twists in the Federation story is that the union of the colonies under the Crown was achieved only after the single administrative entity, New South Wales, was divided into the constituent parts that were to be once again reassembled in the federal union. The break with the ‘Mother’ colony took place first with Van Diemen’s Land in 1825, South Australia in 1836, Victoria in 1851 and Queensland in 1859.

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