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This book, by four leading constitutional law academics, presents a critical perspective on the development of constitutional law in Australia as an historical and legal narrative. It is a well-known saying, sometimes attributed to Arnold Toynbee, that history is ‘just one damned thing after another’. Inadequately presented, constitutional law can seem to the harried student to be just one damned case after another. In this text the authors give an account of Australian constitutional law informed by a large vision of their subject and accompanied by measured critical observations of its development, reflected in decisions of the High Court, over the 115 years since the Constitution came into force. Their presentation is more in the nature of a conversation with the reader, than legal analysis of a long stream of decisions.
The book demonstrates the dynamic character of constitutional law. The text of the Constitution is definitive but necessarily open textured as befits a document designed for an unknown future. Woven into any comprehensive treatment of constitutional law must be the strands of history and of political and social change and the interactions between major institutions that shape and are shaped by the Constitution over many decades. So much appears from the opening quotation from Andrew Inglis Clark:
The constitutional law of a country may be defi ned as that portion of its fundamental law which prescribes or determines the structural character of the various governmental organs included in its total political organisation, their relations inter se , and the particular powers and functions of each of them.