Hutchison, Jennifer Margaret
The Australian Senate has proved to be somewhat
of an enigma within the institutional framework of
Australian federalism. It was the subject of intensive
debate at the Federal Conventions of the 1890s; and
the Founding Fathers envisaged that it would perform
the dual functions of a House of Review and a States
This thesis describes pre-federation expectations
about the Senate and Senators - expectations which even
at that time were somewhat naive and over-optimistic.
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