The People, The Queen, and Australian Independence

68 Pages Posted: 18 Jun 2008

Date Written: 2001

Abstract

This paper investigates the emergence of the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901 and makes the case for Australian independence at that time, drawing the relationship between the people and the Sovereign, as well as upon the views of Justice Lionel Murphy while analyzing the opposing views of other High Court judges. It also argues that the role of royal power and the relationship between the Sovereign and the Australian people was and remains fundamental to Australian constitutionalism.

Keywords: Australian independence, Monarchy, coronation oath, Australian Constitution, constitutional law, constitutional history, Justice Lionel Murphy

JEL Classification: K00, B30

Suggested Citation

Kelly, Margaret R.L.L., The People, The Queen, and Australian Independence (2001). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1147553 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1147553

Margaret R.L.L. Kelly (Contact Author)

Macquarie Law School ( email )

Macquarie University
Balaclava Road, North Ryde NSW, 2109, Australia
Sydney, New South Wales 2109
Australia

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.mq.edu.au/html/staff/kellym.htm

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