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The Great Constitutional Swindle: A Citizen's View of the Australian Constitution, Botsman, Peter

Author Name    Botsman, Peter

Title   The Great Constitutional Swindle: A Citizen's View of the Australian Constitution

Binding   Pictorial Soft Cover

Book Condition   Very Good

Edition   1st Edition

Size   12mo

Publisher   Australia Pluto Pr 2000

ISBN Number    1864030623 / 9781864030624

Seller ID   056862

232 indexed pages including end notes. A sparkling introduction that covers colonialism, the founding fathers, the party system, the British Empire, the courts, citizenship, trade, defence, immigration and our place in the global scheme. The real message from the 1999 referendum is the alienation of Australian citizens from their constitution. How did this happen? Peter Botsman believes that we have been swindled out of our heritage by a triumphant federation story that omits the counter-arguments and the colour from the creation of Australia’s founding document. For too long, federation has been snap-frozen as a glorious achievement when in tact a smaller minority than ‘One Nation’ voted our constitution into place. ln The Great Constitutional Swindle, Peter Botsman sets the record straight. Botsman tells us of the feisty women who opposed federation, the powerful interest groups who influenced it and the spellbinders who sold it to the doubters. The most pivotal character in this momentous episode in Australian history was camouflaged from history by the secrecy of the 1891 convention - passionate republican, Andrew lnglis Clark, wrote the foundation draft of our constitution but finally abstained from voting for federation. Clark's notion of a constitution as a ‘living force’ to be interpreted by each new generation points the way forward for Australian democracy. Peter Botsman is Professor of Public Policy at the University of Queensland and Executive Director of the Brisbane institute. The Great Constitutional Swindle is not about the Republican referendum, but it attempts to make sense of it. The book breathes life and controversy into our federal story. Peter Botsman’s grasp of law, history, politics, common sense and bastardry makes engrossing reading. He has a gift for the pithy biographical sketch, with an appropriate touch of malice Our dolorous history oi referendum failure deserves close examination. (Barry O. Jones, co-chair of the Constitutional Convention, 1998.) One of those rare and refreshing books which asks us to consider the most fundamental questions about ourselves as citizens and as a civic culture ...This is essential reading for those who want to delve into the constitutional heart of darkness (Dr Kay Saunders, Member of the Order of Australia.)

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