This document contains notes for the entire unit including lecture and seminar notes. Topics include: 1. Key themes - parliamentary sovereignty and rule of law. 2. Constitutional history - colonial origins; steps to independence. 3. Constitutional amendment - Commonwealth and State. 4. 'The people' - popular sovereignty and indigenous Australians. 5. A representative parliament - Commonwealth voting rights and eligibility of federal MPs. 6. A responsible executive - executive branch formation; reserve powers; parliament's powers to compel production of government information. 7. Executive powers - the inherent (non-statutory) powers and capacities of the Commonwealth executive. 8. Oversight of the executive - Parliamentary oversight of delegated legislation; freedom of information; complaints and integrity agencies. 9. Constitutional safeguards for judicial power.


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