Principles of Australian Constitutional Law

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Keyzer, P., Goff, C., & Fisher, A. (2017). Principles of Australian Consititutional Law (5th ed.). Chatswood: LexisNexis Butterworths.

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Principles of Australian Constitutional Law, now in its fifth edition, is a popular textbook aimed at students and practitioners that is now prescribed or recommended in many Australian law schools. It provides helpful summaries of the key cases and an analysis that helps readers to understand contemporary Australian constitutionalism.

• Concise but comprehensive overview
• Examines the underlying principles that inform this area of law
• Included the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act and the Australia Act
• Lecturers have access to a suite of online ancillary on constitutional law


1. Fundamentals
2. Constitutional Method
3. Introduction to Australian Federalism
4. The States
5. The Territories
6. Trade, Commerce and Intercourse
7. Taxation
8. Corporations
9. The Races Power
10. External Affairs
11. Acquisition of Property on Just Terms
12. Conciliation and Arbitration
13. The Federal Executive Power
14. Finance
15. Trial by Jury
16. Freedom of Religion
17. Discrimination on the Grounds of State Residence
18. Freedom of Political Communication
19. Judicial Power
20. The Constitutional Jurisdiction of the High Court
21. Inconsistency of Laws

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