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First Words:The Preamble to the Australian Constitution

McKenna, Mark; Simpson, Amelia; Williams, George J


A preamble to a legal instrument, such as a statute or constitution, is an introductory passage or statement that precedes the operative or enforceable parts of the document. Constitutional preambles may articulate and give legitimacy to profound political change. They can provide purpose and rationale, elucidate intention, and potentially serve as the declaration of belief for a political community. They are often the first words of ‘the people’, their raison d’être and their cri de coeur. For...[Show more]

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Date published: 2001
Type: Journal article
Source: University of New South Wales Law Journal


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