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The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia

History, Principle and Interpretation

Nicholas Aroney, University of Queensland, Peter Gerangelos, University of Sydney, Sarah Murray, University of Western Australia, Perth, James Stellios, Australian National University, Canberra


The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia examines the body of constitutional jurisprudence in an original and rigorous yet accessible way. It begins by exploring the historical and intellectual context of ideas surrounding the Constitution's inception, and closely examines its text, structure, principles and purposes in that light. The book then unpacks and critically analyses the High Court's interpretation of the Constitution in a manner that follows the Constitution's own logic and method of organisation. Each topic is defined through…

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  • Written in a manner that is accessible to undergraduate law students
  • Up-to-date, rigorous and intellectually demanding
  • Its structure follows that of the Constitution itself, beginning with an account of the Constitution's drafting, and proceeding to extended analysis and evaluation of the Australian High Court's constitutional jurisprudence
  • It advances a sophisticated thesis about the nature, scope and meaning of Australian constitutional law

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