By Brendan Lim

Australia's constitutional challenge of 1975 used to be now not easily concerning the designated powers of the Senate or the Governor-General. It was once approximately competing money owed of the way to valid casual constitutional switch. for top Minister Gough Whitlam, and the parliamentary culture that he invoked, nationwide elections sufficiently legitimated even the main constitutionally transformative of his pursuits. For his rivals, and a extra complicated culture of well known sovereignty, extra decisive facts was once required of the consent of the folk themselves. This ebook lines the emergence of this primary constitutional debate and chronicles its next iterations in occasionally marvelous institutional configurations: the politics of judicial appointment within the Murphy Affair; the evolution of judicial evaluation within the Mason court docket; and the problems Australian republicanism confronted within the Howard Referendum. even though the styles of institutional engagement have replaced, the power query of ways to valid casual constitutional swap maintains to form Australia's structure after Whitlam.

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