Australian constitutionalism between subsidiarity and federalism

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Gussen, Benjamen Franklen. 2016. "Australian constitutionalism between subsidiarity and federalism." Monash University Law Review. 42 (2), pp. 383-418.
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Australian constitutionalism between subsidiarity and federalism

ERA Journal ID33636
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AuthorGussen, Benjamen Franklen
Journal TitleMonash University Law Review
Journal Citation42 (2), pp. 383-418
Number of Pages36
Year2016
Place of PublicationMelbourne, Australia
ISSN0311-3140
Web Address (URL)http://www.monash.edu/law/news-and-events/publications/monlr/current-issue
Abstract

A full 125 years has passed since Sir Henry Parkes delivered a speech at Tenterfield advocating for a political process that led to the Federation.Throughout this period, our constitutionalism was understood through the prism of the federal model where sovereignty is divided between different tiers of government. This article argues that a refined understanding of our constitutional journey suggests a different model, one based on the principle of subsidiarity where sovereignty is not divided but shared. The article proposes a fundamental shift in the way we see federalism
— from a value in itself to a subset of subsidiarity. On 27 October 2014, the Australian Prime Minster delivered another speech at Tenterfield that called for a bipartisan reform plan to fix the Federation. On the same day, The Committee for the Economic Development of Australia (‘CEDA’), a bipartisan, non-profit, national think tank, published a report on the Federation that details some reform options. Understanding that subsidiarity forms the hypostasis of our constitutionalism is imperative to any successful reform.

Keywordssubsidiarity, federalism, constitutionalism, Australia, CEDA, economic development, sovereignty
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020480702. Constitutional law
480302. Comparative law
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Tied second place winner for the USQ School-Specific 2016 Publication Excellence Awards for Journal Articles - School of Law and Justice.
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Byline AffiliationsSchool of Law and Justice
Institution of OriginUniversity of Southern Queensland
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