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7 V. 13.
5 & 6. V. c. 69.
6 & 7 V. c. 96.
10 V. 8.
12 V. 21.
7 & 8 V.
8 & 9 V. c. 119.
8 & 9 V. c. 124.
9 & 10 V. c. 62.
9 & 10 V. c. 93.
To amend the Law relating to Advances bona fide
by 34 Vict., No. 1)
(Repealed in part, see 34 Vict., 21, 1871)
affecting Trade and Commerce. (Amended by 59
Vict., Nos. 23 and 41) ...
the Validity of Marriages, and the right to be
deemed natural born Subjects ...
to relieve Trustees
certain Powers now commonly inserted in Settle-
ments, Mortgages, and Wills ...
England and Ireland relating to Accessories to,
and abettors of, Indictable Offences
England and Ireland relating to Larceny and
England and Ireland relating to malicious Injuries
England and Ireland relating to Indictable Offences
the United Kingdom against Offences relating to
the Coin ...
England and Ireland relating to Offences against
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
England on 1st January, 1873, relating to
37 V. 12.
48 & 49 V. c. 60.
49 V. 24.
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.
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.
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
the people of Western Australia have agreed thereto, of Western
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
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.
VI. “THE Commonwealth " shall mean the Commonwealth of
- The States” shall mean such of the Colonies of New South
Wales, New Zealand, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria,
the Commonwealth shall be called a “ State."
Commonwealth at its establishment.
Repeal of Federal
48 & 49 Vict., c. 60.
VII. THE Federal Council of Australasia Act, 1885, is hereby
Any such law may be repealed as to any State by the
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.
IX. THE Constitution of the Commonwealth shall be as follows:
This Constitution is divided as follows:
CHAPTER 1.—THE PARLIAMENT:
CHAPTER II.—THE EXECUTIVE GOVERNMENT:
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.
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.