Australia's Constitutional Milestones

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Politics and Public Administration Section

Australia's Constitutional Milestones

Scott Bennett

27 August 2004

This Chronology is issued electronically. It will be kept up-to-date online. The date of the latest update is noted clearly above.




Relevant papers published by the Parliamentary Library:

Background Papers
Research Notes
Current Issues Brief

Research Papers


First published prior to the Republic and Preamble referenda in 1999, this Parliamentary Library publication gives an overview of the important milestones of Australian constitutional history. This revision has grown out of suggestions made by colleagues and interested readers of the first edition, by the discovery of a few errors, and the passage of events since 1999. The chronology begins with the 1787 commissioning of Arthur Phillip to establish and to govern the new British colony of New South Wales, and concludes with resignation of Governor-General Hollingworth in 2003.

It has been said that all constitutions contain elements that are idiosyncratic to the place and time from which they come. Different national histories have generated different constitutional preoccupations and priorities. Australia is no different, and this chronology makes an attempt to chart what has been distinctive in the Australian story. It is selective, making no attempt to be comprehensive, preferring only to highlight the events considered to be of the greatest significance.

The Australian story effectively divides into seven overlapping historical periods:

1787 to the 1820sautocratic rule by governors appointed in London;

1820s to 1850sthe establishment of colonies additional to New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, and the emergence of part-elected Legislative Councils in a number of them;

1850s to 1890sthe gaining of what was called 'responsible' government, but effectively meant a wide-ranging self-government, in all colonies, that was still subject to some British oversight;

1890sthe Federation period, when the national Constitution was written by the politicians and ratified by the people;

1901 to the 1930sthe development of the new Commonwealth and the gradual staking-out of a separate international presence, culminating in the Statute of Westminster in 1931;

1930s to 1980seffective independence from UK achieved by the post-war period, eventually culminating in the Australia Acts of 1986;

1990s to datethe as-yet-unfulfilled push to create a republic, replacing the British monarch with an Australian as Head of State.




Source Documents


Captain Arthur Phillip received commissions for the establishment and the government of the colony of New South Wales.


(26 January)

Captain Phillip took possession of Australia in the name of the Sovereign.



Van Diemens Land (Tasmania) settled from New South Wales.


(4 February)

Van Diemens Land (previously divided) to be ruled as a single unit.



  • New South Wales given status of full colony
  • New South Wales Legislative Council established (appointed)
  • Executive Council established, and
  • a form of judicial review established

New South Wales Act 1823 (UK)

(17 July)

Van Diemens Land Legislative Council established (appointed).

New South Wales Act 1823 (UK)

(3 December)

Van Diemens Land separated from New South Wales by proclamation.



The area that later became the Northern Territory was included in New South Wales.



Some major changes were made in government in the colonies:

  • laws and statutes of England to operate in New South Wales and Van Diemens Land
  • legislation required a Legislative Council majority to be passed
  • repugnancy test for all legislation, and
  • trial by jury was now possible.

Act to provide for the administration of justice in New South Wales and Van Diemen's Land, and for the more effectual government thereof 1828 (UK)


Government established in Western Australia.

An Act to providefor the government ofWestern Australia 1829 (UK)


Western Australian Legislative Council established (appointed).

Order in Council


Government established in South Australia.

South Australian Colonization Act 1834 (UK)


South Australian Legislative Council established (appointed).

Act for the better Government of South Australia 1842 (UK)


  • Port Phillip district separated from New South Wales
  • legislative powers of colonies confirmed, and power given them to make their own constitutions, and
  • part-elected Legislative Councils established in New South Wales, South Australia and Tasmania.

Australian Constitutions Act 1850 (UK)


Responsible government established in Tasmania.

Constitution Act 1854 (Tas)


Responsible government established in New South Wales.

Responsible government established in Victoria.

Constitution Act 1855 (NSW)

Constitution Act 1855 (VIC)


Responsible government established in South Australia.

Constitution Act 1856 (SA)


Queensland separated from New South Wales; responsible government established.

Letters Patent erecting Moreton Bay into a Colony, under the name of Queensland1859

Order in Council empowering the governor of Queensland to make laws, and to provide for the Administration of Justice


Crown annexed to South Australia that part of New South Wales that eventually became the Northern Territory.

Letters Patent


The settlement of the Northern Territory was to be regulated.

Northern Territory Act 1863 (SA)


The range of legislative activity of the colonies was enlarged, especially in giving parliaments the power to pass laws with regard to each colonys constitution.

But there were two major restrictions that continued into the 20th Century:

  • state legislation must not be repugnant to Imperial legislation extending to the colonies, and
  • colonial parliaments could only amend their constitutions in accordance with the manner and form laid down by existing law

Colonial Laws Validity Act 1865 (UK)


Queensland Constitution consolidated from existing legislation.

Constitution Act 1867 (QLD)


Western Australian Legislative Council (part-elected).

Ordinance to provide for the establishment of a Legislative Council1870 (WA)


Intercolonial Convention, Sydney, attended by all colonies plus New Zealand and Fiji. Resolutions included:

  • support for a Federal Union, and
  • a call for the establishment of a Federal Australasian Council


Federal Council of Australasia established. It was an intercolonial body with limited legislative power. It met intermittently between 1886 and 1899. New South Wales never joined the Council.

Act to Constitute a Federal Council of Australasia 1885 (UK)

Act to bring into operationAct of Imperial Parliament1885 (Vic)

Federal Council (Adopting) Act 1885 (Qld)

Federal Council (Adopting) Act 1885 (WA)

The (Tasmanian) Federal Council Act 1885 (Tas)

Federal Council Adopting Act 1888 (SA)


UK Government commissioned Major-General Edwards to report on Australian colonial defences. Edwards report called for the federation of the forces of all Australian colonies.


(24 October)

Tenterfield Address of Sir Henry Parkes, where he spoke of creating a great national Government for all Australia.

Sydney Morning Herald, 26 October 1889


Responsible government established in Western Australia.

Constitution Act 1889 (WA)

(6-14 February)

Federation Conference, Melbourne, attended by all colonies plus New Zealand. It resolved in favour of an early union under the Crown, and the creation of a National Australasian Convention to draft a national constitution.

Official Record of the Proceedings and Debates of the Australasian Federation Conference, 1890

(2 March9 April)

National Australasian Federation Convention, Sydney, attended by all colonies plus New Zealand. a constitution was drafted but was not later proceeded with by the colonial parliaments. It eventually became the basis of the constitution drafted in 18978.

Official Report of the National Australasian Convention Debates, 1891

(31 July1 August)

The Corowa Conference, sponsored by federation leagues along New South Wales and Victorian border, called for a federal convention to consider a new constitution.


(22 May)

Sir George Dibbs, Premier of New South Wales, proposed a scheme of unitary government for the Australian colonies.

Sydney Morning Herald, 12 June 1894

(29 January)

Premiers meeting in Hobart resolved that an intercolonial convention be held to draft a constitution.



Peoples Federal Convention, Bathurst, discussed federation at length, using the 1891 draft constitution as the basis for discussion.

Proceedings of the Bathurst People's Federal Convention

(22 March-

5 May)

National Australasian Federation Convention, Adelaide session. Queensland did not send delegates. At this and subsequent sessions, most of the final Constitution was drafted. Its most important feature was its establishment of a federal system of government.

Official Report of the National Australasian Convention Debates, Adelaide 1897

1897 (2-24 September)

National Australasian Federation Convention, Sydney session.

Official Record of the National Australasian Convention Debates, Sydney 1897

(20 January-17 March)

National Australasian Federation Convention, Melbourne session.

Official Record of the National Australasian Convention Debates, Melbourne 1898

(3 June)

Constitutional referenda to approve the draft constitution, New South Wales (failed), Victoria, Tasmania (both approved).


(4 June)

Constitutional referendum in South Australia to approve the draft constitution (approved).


(24-27 January)

A special Premiers Conference made various alterations to the draft constitution to make it more acceptable to New South Wales.


(29 April)

Constitutional referendum in South Australia to approve the revised draft constitution (approved).


(20 June)

Constitutional referendum in New South Wales to approve the revised draft constitution (approved).


(27 July)

Constitutional referenda in Victoria and Tasmania to approve the revised draft constitution (both approved).


(2 September)

Constitutional referendum in Queensland to approve the revised draft constitution (approved).


(31 July)

Constitutional referendum in Western Australia to approve the constitution (approved). This was held after the new constitution was enacted, but before it was proclaimed.


(29 October)

Formal establishment of office of Governor-General.

Letters Patent 29 October 1900

(29 October)

Governor-General required to execute specific powers of the office of Governor-General.

Royal Instructions 29 October 1900

(1 January)

The Constitution took effect when the Commonwealth of Australia was inaugurated.

Commonwealth Of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (UK)

(9, 10 October)

Amendments proposed by Governor-General Tennyson to the Electoral Bill 1902 agreed to by Parliament.

House of Representatives, V&P 19012

Senate, Journals 19012

(26, 27 August)

Amendments proposed by Governor-General Tennyson to the High Court Procedure Bill 1903 agreed to by Parliament.

House of Representatives, V&P 1903

Senate, Journals 1903


The High Court of Australia established in accordance with Chapter III of the Constitution.

Judiciary Act 1903


The federal system of conciliation and arbitration was established, featuring the Commonwealth Court of Conciliation and Arbitration.

Commonwealth Conciliation and Arbitration Act 1904


A Colonial Conference, held in London, included governments from all parts of the British Empire, in recognition of their independent status.


(2, 16 November)

Amendments proposed by Governor-General Northcote to the Life Assurance Companies Bill 1905 agreed to with amendments by the House of Representatives, and agreed to (with House amendments) by the Senate.

House of Representatives, Votes & Proceedings 1905

Senate, Journals 1905

(11, 12 October)

Amendments proposed by Governor-General Northcote to the Customs Tariff (British Preference) Bill 1906 agreed to by the House of Representatives, but rejected by the Senate.

The Governor-General reserved the Bill for the signification of Royal pleasure thereon.

House of Representatives, Votes & Proceedings 1906

Senate, Journals 1906

(12 December)

Constitutional amendment carried involving changes to Senators terms.

Constitution Alteration (Senate Elections) Act 1906 (Cwth)


The reservation powers of governors was limited to Bills which altered the constitution or legislature of a State.

Australian States Constitution Act 1907 (UK)

(13 April)

Constitutional amendment carried giving the Commonwealth unrestricted power to take over state debts.

Constitution Alteration (State Debts) Act 1909 (Cwth)


First regularised scheme of Commonwealth grants to states.

Surplus Revenue Act 1910 (Cwth)


Northern Territory separated from South Australia.

Northern Territory Surrender Act 1907 (SA)

Northern Territory Acceptance Act 1910 (Cwth)

Northern Territory (Administration) Act 1910 (Cwth)


Australian Capital Territory separated from New South Wales.

Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909 (Cwth)

Seat of Government (Administration) Act 1910 (Cwth)

(12, 13 December)

Amendments proposed by Governor-General Denman to the Seamens Compensation Bill 1911 agreed to by Parliament.

House of Representatives, Votes & Proceedings 1911

Senate, Journals 1911

(18, 24 December)

Amendments proposed by Governor-General Denman to the Navigation Bill 1912 agreed to by Parliament.

The Governor-General reserved the Bill for the signification of His Majestys pleasure thereon.

House of Representatives, Votes & Proceedings 1912

Senate, Journals 1912


Colonial involvement in the British Imperial War Cabinet and in post-war peace discussions. Australia was separately represented at the Peace Conference.



Australia was an independent (and founding) member of the League of Nations.



The High Court overturned the doctrines of implied immunities and reserved State powers previously underpinning High Court cases on intergovernmental relations.

Since then, High Court interpretation of the Constitution has given the Commonwealth economic and other powers greater than envisaged by the Constitution-writers. The Commonwealth's pre-eminence in the Australian federal system has thus been underpinned by this decision.

Amalgamated Society of Engineers v Adelaide Steamship Co Ltd (1920) 28 CLR 129 (the Engineers Case)

(9 December)

Amendments proposed by Governor-General Forster to the Customs Tariff Bill 1921 agreed to by Parliament.

House of Representatives, Votes & Proceedings 1921

Senate, Journals 1921


Queensland Legislative Council abolished.

Constitution Act Amendment Act 1922 (QLD)


The High Court confirmed that specific purpose payments from the Commonwealth to the States could be directed to areas of government responsibility that were not included in formal Commonwealth responsibilities.

Victoria v Commonwealth (1926) 38 CLP 399 (Roads Case)


The Balfour Declaration recognised that the self-governing communities comprised of Great Britain and the dominions were autonomous within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate to another in any aspect of their domestic or external affairs

Governors-General were to be regarded as representatives of the Crown and were not in any sense representatives of, or answerable to, the British Government.

Imperial Conference 1926 Summary of Proceedings

(2, 7 July)

Amendments proposed by Deputy Governor-General Somers to the Customs Tariff Bill 1926 agreed to by Parliament.

House of Representatives, Votes & Proceedings 1926-27-28

Senate, Journals 1926-27-28


The Financial Agreement established the Loan Council, designed to bring governmental borrowing under central control. A new arrangement for Commonwealth grants to the states was put in place.

Financial Agreement Act 1928 (Cwth)


Royal Commission on the Constitution investigated various matters relating to the Constitution:

  • powers of the Commonwealth
  • working of Constitution since Federation
  • possible changes to the Constitution, and
  • a number of specific matters including aviation, company law and health.

Report of the Royal Commission on the Constitution, 1929

(29 March)

Amendment proposed by Governor-General Stonehaven to the Excise Tariff Bill 1927 agreed to by Parliament.

House of Representatives, Votes & Proceedings 1926-27-28

Senate, Journals 1926-27-28

(17 November)

Constitutional amendment carried giving constitutional validity to the Loan Council.

Constitution Alteration (State Debts) Act 1928 (Cwth)


In the wake of the controversial appointment of Australian-born Governor-General Isaacs, an Imperial Conference accepted that henceforth the monarch would act on the advice of the relevant country, and not the British Government, in appointing a Governor-General.



As a follow-up to the 1926 Imperial Conference, the Dominions were declared to be autonomous Communities within the British Empire, equal in status, in no way subordinate to one another in any respect of their domestic or external affairs, though united one to another by a common allegiance to the Crown, and freely associated as members of the British Commonwealth of Nations.

This was a major landmark in the shift from the notion of the British Empire to the British Commonwealth of Nations; from colonial status to national independence. Once the statute was adopted by a Dominion, it released that Dominion from:

  • restrictions on its power to enact legislation outside its territory
  • the overriding force of existing British law, and
  • further British legislation, unless requested and consented to by the Dominion concerned.

However, two impediments to full Australian legal independence remained:

  • the United Kingdom parliament could still legislate for the Commonwealth, though only following the Commonwealths request and consent for it to do so, and
  • The states were still bound by the repugnancy doctrine laid down in the Colonial Laws Validity Act 1865.

Statute of Westminster 1931 (UK)

(5, 8 August)

Amendment proposed by Governor-General Isaacs to the Income Tax Bill 1931 agreed to by Parliament.

House of Representatives, Votes & Proceedings 1929-30-31

Senate, Journals 1929-30-31

(13 May)

Dismissal of New South Wales Government by Governor.



Commonwealth Grants Commission established to advise the Commonwealth Government on state applications for financial assistance.

Commonwealth Grants Commission Act 1933 (Cwth)

(16-18 February)

A conference of Commonwealth and state ministers met at Melbourne to discuss aspects of the federal system.

Conference of Commonwealth and State Ministers on Constitutional Matters 1934

(3 September)

Australia was considered to be automatically at war with Germany following the declaration of war by the United Kingdom. Australia therefore made no general declaration of war.

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette, 3 September 1939

(24 November-2 December)

Convention of Commonwealth and State representatives to discuss the question of giving the Commonwealth Parliament extra powers in relation to the matter of post-war reconstruction.

Convention of Representatives of the Commonwealth and State Parliaments on Proposed Alteration of the Commonwealth Constitution. Record of Proceedings.


The Statute of Westminster was adopted by the Commonwealth Parliament, with the adoption being back-dated to 3 September 1939, the date on which war was declared on Germany by the United Kingdom.

Statute of Westminster Adoption Act 1942 (Cwth)


Commonwealth legislation established the Commonwealth's effective monopoly over income taxation. This was confirmed in the First Uniform Tax Case.

South Australia v Commonwealth (1942) 65 CLR 373 (First Uniform Tax Case)

(28 September)

Constitutional amendment carried giving the Commonwealth power to make special laws with respect to certain social services.

Constitution Alteration (Social Services) Act 1946 (Cwth)


First Australian citizenship legislation passed.

Nationality and Citizenship Act 1948 (Cwth)


The Royal Style and Title of the sovereign appropriate to Australia specified.

Royal Style and Titles Act 1953 (Cwth)


Any power existing under a statute exercisable by the Governor-General could be exercised by the sovereign when personally in Australia.

Royal Powers Act 1953 (Cwth)


The Joint Committee on Constitutional Review was appointed to review the Constitution and to make any recommendations for constitutional amendment that it thought necessary.

Report from the Joint Committee on Constitutional Review, 1959


Commonwealth monopoly over income taxation remained in place, despite a second State challenge.

Victoria v Commonwealth (1957) 99 CLR 575 (Second Uniform Tax Case)

(27 May)

Constitutional amendment carried giving the Commonwealth power to make special laws with respect to Aborigines living in the states and to include Indigenous peoples in the national census.

Constitution Alteration (Aboriginals) Act 1967 (Cwth)


Matters which could be appealed from the High Court to the Privy Council were limited, and appeals to the Privy Council from other federal courts and territory supreme courts were abolished.

Privy Council (Limitation of Appeals) Act 1968


As a consequence of a High Court decision, the Commonwealth gained power to control a substantial part of Australian trade when conducted by corporations.

Strickland v Rocla Concrete Pipes Ltd (1971) 124 CLR 468


The Queen was created Queen of Australia.

Royal Styles and Titles Act 1973 (Cwth)

(3-7 September)

Victoria called upon other governments to join in a constitutional convention to consider problems of Australian federalism.

Australian Constitutional Convention, Sydney session.

Proceedings of the Australian Constitutional Convention 1973


The High Court confirmed that sovereign rights over territorial seas and the continental shelf are vested in the Commonwealth.

New South Wales v Commonwealth (1975) 135 CLR 337


Privy Council (Appeals from the High Court) Act 1975 prevented appeals being taken from the High Court to the Privy Council without a certificate from the High Court. The High Court has said it will not issue such a certificate.


(5, March)

Amendment proposed by Administrator Cutler to the Privy Council (Appeals from the High Court) Bill 1975 agreed to by Parliament.

House of Representatives, Votes & Proceedings 1974-75

Senate, Journals 1974-75

(24-26 September)

Australian Constitutional Convention, Melbourne session

Proceedings of the Australian Constitutional Convention 1975

(11 November)

Dismissal of Commonwealth Government by Governor-General.


(16 November)

In regard to the dismissal of the Commonwealth Government, the Queen declared, in a letter to the Speaker of House of Representatives, her inability to intervene in person in matters which are so clearly placed within the jurisdiction of the Governor-General by the Constitution Act.


(27-29 October)

Australian Constitutional Convention, Hobart session

Proceedings of the Australian Constitutional Convention 1976

(21 May)

Constitutional amendments carried:

  • aimed at ensuring that a replacement senator should be from the same party as the departing Senator
  • giving voters residing in the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory the right to vote in constitutional referenda, and
  • providing a retirement age for all federal judges

Constitution Alteration (Senate Casual Vacancies) Act 1977 (Cwth)

Constitution Alteration (Referendums) Act 1977 (Cwth)

Constitution Alteration (Retirement of Judges) Act 1977 (Cwth)


Self-government established in the Northern Territory.

Northern Territory (Self-Government) Act 1978 (Cwth)


The High Court suggested that the external affairs power in the Constitution gave the Commonwealth power to legislate on a matter of international concern whether or not Australia was a party to a treaty on that matter.

Commonwealth v Tasmania (1983) 158 CLR 1 (Tasmanian Dam Case)

(26-29 April)

Australian Constitutional Convention, Adelaide session.

Proceedings of the Australian Constitutional Convention 1983

(19 April)

God Save the Queen declared the Royal Anthem.

Advance Australia Fair declared the National Anthem.

Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 19 April 1984

(21 August)

The position of the Administrator was clarified.

Letters Patent 21 August

(29 July-1 August)

Australian Constitutional Convention, Brisbane session.

Proceedings of the Australian Constitutional Convention 1985


The final steps in Australias attaining independence from the United Kingdom were taken:

  • the Australian States and the Commonwealth confirmed their sovereign, independent status from Britain
  • Britain could no longer legislate for any part of Australia
  • all Privy Council appeals ended from Australian courts other than the High Court it remains theoretically possible for some appeals to be taken under s.74 of the Constitution
  • state governors were not representatives of British Government, and
  • states could now legislate to repeal or amend any UK legislation extending to them.

Australia Act 1986 (Cwth), Australia Act 1986 (UK)


A Constitutional Commission inquired into and reported on the possible revision of the Australian Constitution.

Final Report of the Constitutional Commission 1988


Self-government established in the Australian Capital Territory.

Australian Capital Territory (Self-Government) Act 1988 (Cwth)


The Mabo case suggested that customary laws of Australias Indigenous peoples may have legal standing, providing legislative or executive actions have not extinguished them.

Mabo v Queensland (No 2) (1992) 175 CLR 1


Republic Advisory Committee appointed to produce an options paper describing the minimum constitutional changes that would be necessary to achieve an Australian federal republic.

An Australian Republic. The Report of the Republic Advisory Committee, 1993


State excise/franchise tax regimes struck down.

Ha v New South Wales (1997) 189 CLR 465

(2-13 February 1998)

Constitutional Convention met in Canberra to consider the question of whether or not Australia should become a republic.

Report of the Constitutional Convention 1998

(3 October)

Northern Territory Statehood referendum (failed).



High Court confirmed that UK is a foreign power for purposes of determining Australian citizenship.

Sue v Hill (1999) 199 CLR 462


All states passed uniform request legislation to allow the Commonwealth Parliament to amend s.7 of the Australia Act 1986. This request legislation would not commence unless the 6 November referendum were successful. The amendment of s.7 was necessary to facilitate the establishment of republics at the state level.


(6 November)

Referendum on proposed constitutional amendment to change Australia to a republic. The alteration would see the Governor-General replaced by a President, and would provide a method for choosing and dismissing the President.

The referendum was defeated, 54.9% to 45.1%. Only the Australian Capital Territory voted in favour.

Referendum on question of inserting a new preamble to the Constitution.

The referendum was defeated, 60.7% to 39.3%. No State or Territory supported the change.

Constitution Alteration (Establishment of Republic) Act 1999 (Cwth)

Constitution Alteration (Preamble) Act 1999 (Cwth)

Parliamentary Handbook of Commonwealth of Australia 2002

(29 May)

Resignation of Governor-General Hollingworth: after earnest reflection, I consider that for me to continue could result in damage being done to the office of governor-general.

The Australian, 27 May 2003

Relevant papers published by the Parliamentary Library:

Background Papers

Twomey, A., Monarchy or Republic? The Constitutional Options of the States, No. 7, 6 May 1993

Marsh, Y., Monarchy or Republic? Reserve Powers of the Head of StateThe Gordian Knot, No. 17, 30 July 1993

Twomey, A., Monarchy or Republic? A Collection of Arguments for and against, No. 26, 25 October 1993

Twomey, A., The Constitution19th Century Colonial Office Document or People's Constitution, No. 15, 25 August 1994

Gardiner-Garden, John, The Origin of Commonwealth Involvement in Indigenous Affairs and the 1967 Referendum, No. 11, 199697

Hide, Caroline, Ireland, Ian and Davis, Karen, The Recent Republic DebateA Chronology: 19891998, No. 11, 199798

Research Notes

Warby, M., Constitutional Referendums: Bipartisan or Bust, No. 46, 7 June 1995

Ireland, I, Who is the Australian Head of State?, No. 1, 199596

Ireland, I, Post Federation Constitutional Conventions and CommissionsPurpose, Composition Process and Outcomes, No. 5, 199596

Downing, Susan, The Reserve Powers of the Governor-General, No. 25, 1997

Ireland, Ian, and Magarey, Kirsty, Powers of the Head of State of Australia and South Africa, No. 24, 199798

Maddox, Marion, Does a Preamble Need a God?, No. 8, 19992000

Newman, Gerard, 1999 ReferendumsSummary of Results, No. 19, 19992000

Scott Bennett, Restrictions on the Timing of Half-Senate Elections, No. 38, 200102

Jordan, Roy, Free Speech and the Constitution, No. 42, 200102

Sen, Sudip, The Double Dissolution Process: Questions and References, No. 45, 200203

McKeown, Deirdre, Frequently Asked Questions About the Office of Governor-General, No. 10, 200304

Jordan, Roy, A Rare Form of Law Making: Legislation Made Outside Parliament, No. 11, 200304

Bennett, Scott, The 1974 Joint Sitting of Parliament: thirty years on, No. 7, 200405

Current Issues Brief

Williams, George, The 1998 Constitutional ConventionFirst Impressions, No. 11, 199798

Research Papers

Spry, M, The Executive Power of the Commonwealth: Its Scope and Limits, No. 28, 199596

McKenna, Mark, The Need for a New Preamble to the Australian Constitution and/or a Bill of Rights, No. 12, 199697

Bennett, Scott and Brennan, Sean, Constitutional Referenda in Australia, No. 2, 19992000

Twomey, Anne, Federal Parliaments Changing Role in Treaty Making and External Affairs, No. 15, 19992000

Mackenna, Mark, First Words: A Brief History of Public Debate on a New Preamble to the Australian Constitution 199199, No. 16, 19992000

Healy, Margaret, Deadlock? What Deadlock? Section 57 at the Centenary of Federation, No. 2, 200001

Saunders, Cheryl, The Parliament as Partner: A Century of Constitutional Review, No. 3, 200001

Richardson, Jack, Resolving Deadlocks in the Australian Parliament, No. 9, 200001

Chalmers, Jim and Davis, Glyn, Power: Relations Between the Parliament and the Executive, No. 12, 200001

Galligan, Brian, Parliaments Development of Federalism, No. 13, 200001

Bennett, Bob, Candidates, Members and the Constitution, No. 18, 200102

Bennett, Scott, The Politics of Constitutional Amendment, No. 11, 200203

Bennett, Scott, Four-year Terms for the House of Representatives?, No. 2, 200304

Bach, Stanley, The Australian and American Senates: A Comparison, No. 5, 200304

Bennett, Scott, The Australian Senate, No. 6, 200304

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