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Get rid of Australia

Posted by Dave Bath on 2007-05-22

A few recent blog posts on improving Australia’s constitution raise the more general question of constitutional reform processes, in particular, whether some form of regular constitutional convention is warranted.

The long-term goal of constitutional reform is obviously the dissolution of Australia.

The Westphalian system is failing.  The legality and morality of meddling with the internal affairs of nation states is demonstrated by actions in the Balkans and East Timor, or the inaction in Darfur or Zimbabwe.  The necessity of co-ordinated management of global issues, including forced compliance of recalcitrant states, becomes more obvious every year.  Climate change is merely the most pressing issue, universal human and para-human rights the deepest.

In the modern world, nation states are as irrelevant and indeed counterproductive as the city-states of old.

After all, voluntary dissolution of sovereign states is the Australian way: separate colonies joined into a federation, ceding sovereign rights to a new central government.

Our current PM obviously believes this too: just look at his push to make states ever less relevant to the delivery of services such as education and water.

At the same time, the UN constitution needs reform, assuming greater powers, and even introduce direct elections analogous to the European and Australian Parliaments.  The de-facto policy-making powers of the Security Council should be reduced, analogous to the policy-making powers of our own defence and police forces.

Working backwards from a reasonable timeframe to achieve world unity, we can infer the minimum rate of constitional reform within Australia.  It’s a daunting task ahead, so centennial conventions are too infrequent.  Perhaps we need a standing Australian constitutional convention, with our existing executive and legislature made subordinate.

The first task of constitutional reform is a statement of purpose, and a definition of rights to which the parliament and executive are subject.  This suggests the need for a separate standing constitutional court which, using the principles of separation of powers, does not set the agenda, but examines each piece of legislation for conformance, and has the power of veto or assent, subsuming the existing powers of the Governor General.

There’s my gauntlet.  Pick it up.

OMG! The OzConservative site references a crosspost of this article on a group site! 

One Response to “Get rid of Australia”

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