RAJ REPORT

Unless the Federal Government takes over North Australia , this plan is more TALK——-Tony Abbott has unveiled the Northern Australia White Paper | Business News | Business and Finance News | | Cairns Post——————T)he federal nature of the Commonwealth has been held to limit the capacity of the Federal Parliament to legislate in a manner inconsistent with the role of the States

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Among the essential characteristics of any genuine federal system the

first and perhaps the most indispensable is dualism of sovereignty.4

The government of Australia is a dual system based upon a separation of

organs and powers. The maintenance of the States and their powers is as

much an object of the Constitution as the maintenance of the

Commonwealth and its powers. Therefore it is beyond the power of either

to abolish or destroy the other. The limited grant of powers to the

Commonwealth cannot be exercised for ends inconsistent with the

separate existence and the self – government of the States, nor for ends

inconsistent with its limited grants. 5

(T)he federal nature of the Commonwealth has been held to limit the

capacity of the Federal Parliament to legislate in a manner inconsistent

 

with the role of the States

Federalism for the Second Century

Bryan Pape*

It should be borne in mind that there is nothing more difficult to handle,

more doubtful of success, and more dangerous to carry through than

initiating changes in a state’s constitution.1

Reform consists in taking a bone from a dog. Philosophy will not do it.2

It is not for you to finish the work, but neither are you free to desist from

it.3

 

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Tony Abbott has unveiled the Northern Australia White Paper | Business News | Business and Finance News | | Cairns Post.

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