Five Things to Know About the Australian Constitution


Five Things to Know About the Australian Constitution

Although many Australians want to participate in debates about constitutional issues, they face a significant obstacle because their constitution is very difficult to understand. One of the country's foremost legal experts, Helen Irving, succeeds in clarifying constitutional questions by informing a general audience about issues previously reserved for experts.


 Reviews:

'In this book, Helen Irving provides a neat and innovative way of looking at Australia's constitution. She simplifies difficult and complex issues that go to the heart of our system of government.' Michelle Grattan

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