The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia

Sir William Harrison Moore; “The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia” (1902)


“Having arrived in Australia as the federation movement was gathering momentum, Moore took an immediate interest in the federation debates, and in the drafting of a proposed constitution. By the end of the Adelaide session of the Australasian Federal Convention in 1897, he was acknowledged as an expert on the draft and his advice was frequently sought by convention delegates. Always an observer rather than a participant in the federation process, in 1902 Moore published the first academic study of Australian constitutional law – The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia. As well as examining the Constitution in detail, the book included a history of the federation movement.”

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