The Australian Constitution and National Identity

The Australian Constitution and National Identity

Edited by: Anna Olijnyk orcid, Alexander Reilly orcid

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What does Australia’s Constitution say about national identity? A conventional answer might be ‘not much’. Yet recent constitutional controversies raise issues about the recognition of First Peoples, the place of migrants and dual citizens, the right to free speech, the nature of our democracy, and our continuing connection to the British monarchy. These are constitutional questions, but they are also questions about who we are as a nation.

This edited collection brings together legal, historical, and political science scholarship. These diverse perspectives reveal a wealth of connections between the Australian Constitution and Australia’s national identity.


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May 2023
ANU Press

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  1. The Australian Constitution and National Identity (PDF, 0.1MB)Alexander Reilly and Anna Olijnyk doi

Part One

  1. The Australian Constitution and Australian National Identity—the Past, the Present and the Possibilities (PDF, 0.2MB)Elisa Arcioni doi
  2. Constitutional Interpretation and the Australian People (PDF, 0.2MB)Anna Olijnyk doi
  3. Building National Identity through the Constitution: The Canadian Charter Experience (PDF, 0.3MB)Lorne Neudorf doi
  4. Eco-Constitutionalism (PDF, 0.2MB)Peter D Burdon doi
  5. Activating Australian Citizenship through Constitutional Change: Towards an Inclusive Australian National Identity (PDF, 0.2MB)Kim Rubenstein doi

Part Two

  1. Character and Exclusion from the Nation (PDF, 0.2MB)Alexander Reilly doi
  2. Alienage and Identity in Australia’s Constitutional Legal History (PDF, 0.3MB)Joe McIntyre doi
  3. The Failure of Cosmopolitanism? National Identity, Citizenship and Migration in an Age of Populism (PDF, 0.2MB)Tiziana Torresi doi
  4. National Identity and Australian Federalism (PDF, 0.2MB)Robyn Hollander doi

Part Three

  1. Indigenous Sovereignty and Constitutional Reform (PDF, 0.2MB)Lydia McGrady doi
  2. The Potential Moral Power of a New Australian Constitutional Preamble (PDF, 0.2MB)Benjamin T Jones doi
  3. Can Citizen Assemblies Make a Difference to Constitutional Reform? Some Lessons from Ireland (PDF, 0.2MB)Sarah Sorial doi

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