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IMPERIAL ACTS.

ADOPTED BY

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7 V. 13.

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5 & 6. V. c. 69.

6 & 7 V. c. 96.

10 V. 8.

c. 62.

12 V. 21.

7 & 8 V.
8 & 9 V.

c. 106.

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8 & 9 V. c. 119.

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8 & 9 V. c. 124.

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9 & 10 V. c. 62.

9 & 10 V. c. 93.

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To amend the Law relating to Advances bona fide
made to Agents intrusted with goods (s. 6 repealed

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by 29 Vict., 5, s. 5)
For perpetuating Testimony in certain cases
Law of Libel
To amend the Law as to Burning Farm Buildings
To amend the Law of Real Property
To facilitate the Conveyance of Real Property ...
As to granting certain Leases
To abolish Deodands
Compensation for Death through Negligence
Juvenile Offenders...
Amending Law relating to Administrations (amended

by 34 Vict., No. 1)
Protection of Purchasers against Judgments, &c.

(Repealed in part, see 34 Vict., 21, 1871)
To amend Laws relating to Bills of Lading
An Act to amend the Laws of England and Ireland

affecting Trade and Commerce. (Amended by 59

Vict., Nos. 23 and 41) ...
An Act to enable Persons to establish Legitimacy and

the Validity of Marriages, and the right to be

deemed natural born Subjects ...
An Act to further amend the Law of Property, and

to relieve Trustees
An Act to further amend the Law of Property ...
An Act to give to Trustees, Mortgagees, and others

certain Powers now commonly inserted in Settle-

ments, Mortgages, and Wills ...
An Act to consolidate and amend the Statute Law of

England and Ireland relating to Accessories to,

and abettors of, Indictable Offences
An Act to consolidate and amend the Statute Law of

England and Ireland relating to Larceny and
other similar Offences. (Amended by 55 Vict.,

No. 32)
An Act to consolidate and amend the Statute Law of

England and Ireland relating to malicious Injuries

to Property
An Act to consolidate and amend the Statute Law of

England and Ireland relating to Indictable Offences

by Forgery
An Act to consolidate and amend the Statute Law of)

the United Kingdom against Offences relating to

the Coin ...
An Act to consolidate and amend the Statute Law of

England and Ireland relating to Offences against
the Person (except ss. 3, 11, 48). (Amended by
55 Vict., No. 24)

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IMPERIAL ACTS,

ADOPTED BY

33 & 34 V. c. 23.

37 V. 8.

An Act to abolish Forfeitures for Treason and Felony,

and to otherwise amend the Law relating thereto
Masters and Apprentices-all the Laws in force in

England on 1st January, 1873, relating to
Federal Council of Australasia

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37 V. 12.

48 & 49 V. c. 60.

49 V. 24.

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HEREAS the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South

Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, humbly relying on the blessing of Almighty God, have agreed to unite in one indissoluble Federal Commonwealth under the Crown of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, and under the Constitution hereby established: And whereas it is expedient to provide for the admission into the Commonwealth of other Australasian Colonies and possessions of the Queen: Be it therefore enacted by the Queen's Most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:

I. THIS Act may be cited as the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act.

Short title,

Act to extend to the

II. THE provisions of this Act referring to the Queen shall extend to Her Majesty's Heirs and Successors in the Sovereignty of Queen’s Successors. the United Kingdom.

Proclamation of

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III. IT shall be lawful for the Queen, with the advice of the Privy Council, to declare by Proclamation that, on and after a day Commonwealth. therein appointed, not being later than one year after the passing of this Act, the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania, and also, if Her Majesty is satisfied that

Constitution Act.

A.D. 1900.

the people of Western Australia have agreed thereto, of Western
Australia, shall be united in a Federal Commonwealth under the
name of the Commonwealth of Australia. But the Queen may,
at any time after the Proclamation, appoint a Governor General for
the Commonwealth.

Commencement of Act.

IV. THE Commonwealth shall be established, and the Constitution of the Commonwealth shall take effect on and after the day so appointed. But the Parliaments of the several Colonies may at any time after the passing of this Act make any such laws, to come into operation on the day so appointed, as they might have made if the Constitution had taken effect at the passing of this Act.

Operation of the
Constitution
and laws.

V. THIS Act, and all laws made by the Parliament of the Commonwealth under the Constitution, shall be binding on the Courts, Judges, and people, of every State, and of every part of the Commonwealth, notwithstanding anything in the laws of any State; and the laws of the Commonwealth shall be in force on all British ships, the Queen's ships of war excepted, whose first port of clearance and whose port of destination are in the Commonwealth.

Definitions,

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VI. “THE Commonwealth " shall mean the Commonwealth of
Australia as established under this Act.

- The States” shall mean such of the Colonies of New South

Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria,
Western Australia, and South Australia, including the
Northern Territory of South Australia, as for the time
being are parts of the Commonwealth, and such Colonies
or Territories as may be admitted into or established by
the Commonwealth as States; and each of such parts of

the Commonwealth shall be called a “ State."
Original States ” shall mean such States as are parts of the

Commonwealth at its establishment.

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Repeal of Federal
Council Act.

48 & 49 Vict., c. 60.

VII. THE Federal Council of Australasia Act, 1885, is hereby
repealed, but so as not to affect any laws passed by the Federal
Council of Australasia and in force at the establishment of the
Commonwealth.

Any such law may be repealed as to any State by the
Parliament of the Commonwealth, or as to any Colony not being a
State by the Parliament thereof.

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VIII. AFTER the passing of this Act, the Colonial Boundaries Colonial Boundaries Act, 1895, shall not apply to any Colony which becomes a State of

the Commonwealth ; but the Commonwealth shall be taken to be a 58 & 59 Vict., c. 34. self-governing Colony for the purposes of that Act.

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Constitution Act.

IX. THE Constitution of the Commonwealth shall be as follows:

A.D. 1900.

Constitution,

THE CONSTITUTION.

This Constitution is divided as follows:

CHAPTER 1.—THE PARLIAMENT:

PART 1.-GENERAL:
PART 11.—THE SENATE:
PART 111.—THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES:
PART IV.-Both HOUSES OF THE PARLIAMENT:
PART v.-POWERS OF THE PARLIAMENT :

CHAPTER II.—THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNMENT:
CHAPTER III.—THE JUDICATURE:
CHAPTER IV.–FINANCE AND TRADE:
CHAPTER V.—THE STATES :
CHAPTER VI.-NEW STATES:
CHAPTER VII.—MISCELLANEOUS:
CHAPTER VIII.- ALTERATION OF THE CONSTI- .

TUTION.
THE SCHEDULE.

CHAPTER I.

THE PARLIAMENT.

Part 1.-GENERAL.

1. THE legislative power of the Commonwealth shall be vested in a Federal Parliament, which shall consist of the Queen, a Senate, Legislative power. and a House of Representatives, and which is hereinafter called “The Parliament,” or “ The Parliament of the Commonwealth.”

2. A GOVERNOR General appointed by the Queen shall be Her Majesty's representative in the Commonwealth, and shall have Governor General. and may exercise in the Commonwealth during the Queen's pleasure, but subject to this Constitution, such powers and functions of the Queen as Her Majesty may be pleased to assign to him.

General

3. THERE shall be payable to the Queen out of the Consolidated Revenue Fund of the Commonwealth, for the salary of the Salary of Governor Governor General, an annual sum which, until the Parliament otherwise provides, shall be Ten thousand pounds.

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