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Shifting Global Powers and International Law by Charles Sampford, Bridget Lewis, Rowena Maguire

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5 The paradigm shift in the global construct

Can a nineteenth-century Australian Constitution cope with twenty-first century chaos?

John Sanderson1

‘All successful revolutions are the kicking in of a rotten door.’

John Kenneth Galbraith, The Age of Uncertainty, 1977

Introduction

The subject of this chapter is the Australian Constitution drafted during the late 1890s and established in Law by the Parliament of the United Kingdom in 1900 after a public referendum across all former colonies on the Australian mainland and Tasmania. In 1986 the Australia Act2separated the constitutional processes from those of the United Kingdom even though the Queen of England then became the Queen of Australia, sharing that constitutional head of state role with ...

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