Part I. Introduction: 1. Introduction to Australian constitutional law; Part II. Legislative Powers: 2. State legislative powers; 3. Constitutional method: interpretation, characterisation and invalidity; 4. Trade and commerce power; 5. Corporations power; 6. External affairs power; 7. Immigration and aliens powers; 8. Constitutional alteration and the race power; Part III. Limitations on Powers: 9. Acquisition of property on just terms; 10. Freedom of religion; 11. Implied freedom of political communication; 12. Freedom of interstate trade, commerce and intercourse; Part IV. The Federal Parliament: 13. The Federal Parliament; 14. Choosing members of Federal Parliament; Part V. The Courts and Judicial Power: 15. Separation of judicial power; 16. The scope of federal judicial power; 17. Non-judicial detention; 18. Institutional integrity of courts; Part VI. The Federal Executive: 19. Federal executive power; 20. Power to spend money; Part VII. Federalism: 21. Inconsistency between federal and state laws; 22. Intergovernmental immunities; 23. Rights of out of state residents.
A highly accessible, clear and methodical overview of Australian constitutional law, integrating theory and doctrine.
Luke Beck is Associate Professor of Constitutional Law at Monash University, Victoria. He is a leading scholar of Australian constitutional law and the leading expert on religious freedom under the Australian Constitution. His research has been cited by the High Court and he regularly provides expert advice to parliamentary committees. He is also a regular media commentator.