Australian Constitution

Australian Crest1. CONSTITUTIONAL OVERVIEW
What is the purpose of a Constitution? What are the main features of the Australian Constitution? What are the Conventions that underpin its operation?

2. TEXT OF THE CONSTITUTION
The full text of all 128 Sections of the Australian Constitution. Available as single sections, chapters, or all on one page.

3. FEDERALISM
Division of power between federal government and States; financial relationship.

4. THE HIGH COURT
Interpreting the Constitution; final court of appeal.

5. GOVERNOR-GENERAL
The Queen’s representative; literal powers; powers through conventions; reserve powers.

6. WHITLAM DISMISSAL – NOVEMBER 11, 1975
Link to companion site on the Dismissal.

7. CONSTITUTIONAL REFORM
Only 8 out of 46 attempts to change the Constitution by referendum have been successful since 1901. Many argue that real constitutional reform has been performed by the High Court in its various judgements.

8. REPUBLIC VS MONARCHY
The question of whether Australia should become a constitutional republic has been an ongoing issue in recent years.

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