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Constitutions and constitutional law: Australia

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The current print collection is on Level 2 (the level at which you enter the library). The A8 in the shelf mark indicates where the focus of the book is on the Australian constitution.

Constitution & constitutional law

The Australian Constitution came into force with the inauguration of the Commonwealth of Australia in January 1901.  The Constitution was originally laid out in a UK act- the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (63 & 64 Victoria c12).  It has subsequently been amended.

Other important constitutional legislation includes the Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 (Australia established as an independent Commonwealth nation), and the Australia Act 1986 (completed the process of independence from the UK).

States and territories have their own constitutions.  The Commonwealth Constitution maps out the federal/regional distribution of power.

Relevant volumes in the Laws Of Australia (available online via Westlaw Au) include Government ,and Human Rights