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Deliberative Democracy in Australia: The Changing Place of Parliament (Reshaping Australian Institutions) Hardcover – April 28, 1998

ISBN-13: 978-0521624589 ISBN-10: 0521624584

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This book evaluates the role and performance of the Australian parliament. It explores its institutional design and its principles and practices, presenting a compelling case for reform. Uhr looks at the place of representative assemblies in liberal political theory and examines ways in which deliberative democracy might be made more effective and meaningful in Australia. Combining political theory with first-hand knowledge of the Australian parliament, the author makes an important contribution to debates in Australia and inernationally.
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  • Series: Reshaping Australian Institutions
  • Hardcover: 281 pages
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press (April 28, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0521624584
  • ISBN-13: 978-0521624589
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.9 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #9,014,864 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you are interested in how Australian politics works, Uhr explains the federal system. He goes back before Federation and summarises changes in the last century. Differences with the US system are dealt with. The reader will see a curious variant of the American bicameral federal setup. In part this was necessitated by the sheer size of Australia. The copying of the British parliament and, beneath it, the shires and counties, was deemed too awkward.

The history of amendment propositions is also gone into. We see that the electorate is quite resistant to new amendments, even when all major parties supported these.

Alas, there is no discussion of secession, which was seriously mooted in the 30s by Western Australia and Queensland. But there is some space devoted to the republican movement and how it might impact the federal government.
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