A comprehensive overview of the Constitution of Australia, this work is a constitutional scholar’s delight. As the lead author, Professor Nicholas Aroney of the University of Queensland has organized the text formulaically. After an initial general chapter outlining the historical and political background of the drafting of the Constitution, chapters follow in accordance with the three separate powers, i.e., the legislature, the executive, and the judiciary. A final chapter addresses the powers and role of the states.

The author of the Foreword is the auspicious Chief Justice Robert French of the High Court of Australia. Referring to historian Arnold Toynbee’s designation of history as being “just one damned thing after another,” Justice French opines that constitutional law can be just that for the student of law, if not...

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