As well as the idea that the Constitution wasn’t set up for the flesh and blood man, I’ve been under the impression that the country Australia was actually a corporation. So when I researched the Acts database for the blog I wrote about the Constitution I was wondering what else I might find.
One of the databases I was using to research was Austlii Database. I have been aware of this database for a number of years now and one of the things that has been annoying was the fact that the Acts between 1951 and 1972 have been missing. So what I did was contact the people who update this database (it is a voluntary organisation) and ask them why this was the case. This was the reply I got:
The colonial history project grant funded the recent scanning, OCRing and creation of the 1901-1950 Acts.
We received a dump from the Attorney-General’s old SCALEplus online database which started in 1973.
We have the raw data available for the 1951-1972 Acts as of a week or so ago, but have yet to find the time to create the files for the database. Hopefully, we’ll get them added within the next few weeks.
Ask and ye shall receive. 🙂
It is interesting to note that one of the things that Heather Tucci-Jarraf continues to say is that absolute data will begin to come out under complete transparency. So what did this new upload of these Acts show.
After checking a couple of Acts in the 50s and 60s I then had a look at 1972, and finally to the last Act in 1972 this is what I found.
Repatriation (Torres Strait Islanders) Act 1972 (NO. 139, 1972)
[Assented to 2 November 1972]
B E it enacted by the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty, the Senate, and the House of Representatives of the Commonwealth of Australia, as follows:-
Now compare this to the first Act passed in 1973.
Social Services Act 1973 (NO. 1, 1973)
[Assented to 16 March 1973]
BE IT ENACTED by the Queen, the Senate and the House of Representatives of Australia, as follows:—
So what was originally written in the Constitution, ‘the Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty’ has now been converted to ‘the Queen’. Which is interesting as I recall from a few years ago someone telling me how in their research, what we know as ‘the Queen’ is actually the Prime Minister. (I don’t have links to the evidence at the moment). Further what was formally know as ‘Commonwealth of Australia’ is now known as ‘Australia’. So what does this mean? Is Australia a country, a corporation, what is it?
Interesting to say the least. I wonder what else will show up.