Structure: for/against arguments provided for potential essay topics across the entire course

Topics covered:
- Political versus legal constitutionalism
- Was Australia legally independent at the time of Federation?
- Is Australia legally independent now?
- Representative and responsible government
- Parliamentary sovereignty
- Power of judicial review
- Role of State versus Commonwealth
- Utilizing treaties to overcome issues of issues of Indigenous sovereignty (Justice French)
- Action to equalise the status of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander First Nations people under the Constitution
- Changes elicited by the 1967 Referendum
- How can Australia operate by popular sovereignty, when Imperial rule underpinned our constitutional foundations?
- The strict constitutional interpretation of S 44 reinforces the dominance of legal constitutionalism in the Australian legal system.


Term 3, 2019

13 pages

3,632 words



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