The Federation Press

Power, Parliament and the People


This book is a major work on constitutional and political change in Australia. Examining change from a variety of perspectives, it seeks to pry open the reasons for the repeated failure of constitutional change in Australia, as well as reflecting upon the events of 11 November 1975 and the move towards an Australian republic. The theme running through the book is the interaction of the Australian Constitution and Australian democracy.

Contributors include leading scholars from fields ranging from law to political science to psychology. The book also includes contributions from several major political and legal players.

Table of Contents

Constitutional change: Law, politics and psychology
Constitutional change and implied freedoms
Maurice Byers
The politics of constitutional change
Brian Galligan
Managing constitutional change from a psychological perspective
Valerie Braithwaite

Hail to the chief: Leadership and the Head of State
The President: Adapting to popular election
George Winterton
Leading change
Graham Little
Elect the government!
David Solomon

The judicial branch
Non-justiciability and the Australian Constitution
James A Thomson
In defence of parliamentary sovereignty
Graham Maddox and Tod Moore
The role of the Chief Justice as adviser to the Head of State
Elizabeth Handsley

We the people
The sovereignty of the people
Leslie Zines
The people in the republican tradition
Philip Pettit
The people and their Conventions
Helen Irving

Reflections on 1975
The dismissal and Australian democracy
Paul Kelly
The Coup 20 years after
Gough Whitlam
The dismissal and the Constitution
Harry Gibbs

1975 revisited
Lost causes and lost remedies
Harry Evans
The loans affair: An insider’s view
Clarrie Harders
Lessons from 1975
Malcolm Fraser
The Senate and supply
Cheryl Kernot
Setting the record straight
David Smith

Australian democracy: The way ahead
Dismissal to republic
Neville Wran
Law, politics and morality
Tony Blackshield
The constitutional issues: An overview
Geoffrey Lindell
Democracy and bicameralism
John Nethercote
Past, present and future
Cheryl Saunders

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