By Brian Galligan
This provocative ebook, first released in 1995, argues that Australia is already a federal republic instead of a constitutional monarchy. It argues that through adopting a federal structure in 1901 Australians ensured their prestige as a sovereign humans. whereas the booklet doesn't deny the parliamentary and monarchic parts of the Australian approach, it demands a favorable reassessment of the structure. Brian Galligan forcefully argues that the Australian structure has primacy over the opposite political associations of the country. The ebook considers primary matters that come up in dialogue of the structure and federalism, together with the position of the Senate, the potential of a invoice of rights, the way in which the excessive court docket matches into the present procedure and the character of governmental family. This booklet will overturn the orthodoxies of a lot proficient opinion and may problem republicans and monarchists alike. Brian Galligan's particular point of view as a political scientist throws gentle on many facets of federalism and should stimulate broad debate.
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A Federal Republic: Australia's Constitutional System of Government by Brian Galligan