The Evolution of a Separate Australian Crown

George Winterton; “The Evolution of a Separate Australian Crown

“Apart from a brief debate regarding an elective Governor-General (obviously resolved in the negative),’ the constitutional framers gave virtually no consideration to the formal executive,’ simply taking it for granted that the Imperial monarch would remain Australia’s Head of State. Even republicans like Inglis Clark accepted the status quo and registered no dissent. However, as will be seen, the nature of our Head of State has changed considerably since 1901 without one word of our Constitution being altered, and largely through the efforts of others.”

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