Chapter I of the Constitution of Australia

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This article is part of the series:

Chapters of the Constitution

Chapter I: The Parliament
Chapter II: The Executive Government
Chapter III: The Judicature
Chapter IV: Finance and Trade
Chapter V: The States
Chapter VI: New States
Chapter VII: Miscellaneous
Chapter VIII: Alteration of the Constitution

Text of the Constitution

Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act

Chapter I of the Constitution of Australia establishes the Parliament of Australia and its role as the legislative branch of the Government of Australia.[1] The chapter consists of 60 sections which are organised into 5 parts.

Part I: General[edit]

Part I contains 6 sections:

Part II: The Senate[edit]

Part II contains 17 sections:

  • Section 7: The Senate
  • Section 8: Qualification of electors
  • Section 9: Method of election of senators
  • Section 10: Application of State laws
  • Section 11: Failure to choose senators
  • Section 12: Issue of writs
  • Section 13: Rotation of senators
  • Section 14: Further provision for rotation
  • Section 15: Casual vacancies
  • Section 16: Qualifications of senator
  • Section 17: Election of President
  • Section 18: Absence of President
  • Section 19: Resignation of senator
  • Section 20: Vacancy by absence
  • Section 21: Vacancy to be notified
  • Section 22: Quorum
  • Section 23: Voting in the Senate

Part III: The House of Representatives[edit]

Part III contains 17 sections:

  • Section 24: Constitution of House of Representatives
  • Section 25: Provision as to races disqualified from voting
  • Section 26: Representatives in first Parliament
  • Section 27: Alteration of number of members
  • Section 28: Duration of House of Representatives
  • Section 29: Electoral divisions
  • Section 30: Qualification of electors
  • Section 31: Application of State laws
  • Section 32: Writs for general election
  • Section 33: Writs for vacancies
  • Section 34: Qualifications of members
  • Section 35: Election of Speaker
  • Section 36: Absence of Speaker
  • Section 37: Resignation of member
  • Section 38: Vacancy by absence
  • Section 39: Quorum
  • Section 40: Voting in House of Representatives

Part IV: Both Houses of the Parliament[edit]

Part IV consists of 10 sections:

Part V: Powers of the Parliament[edit]

Part V consists of 10 sections:

  • Section 51: Legislative powers of the Parliament
  • Section 52: Exclusive powers of the Parliament
  • Section 53: Powers of the Houses in respect of legislation
  • Section 54: Appropriation Bills
  • Section 55: Tax Bill
  • Section 56: Recommendation of money votes
  • Section 57: Disagreement between the Houses
  • Section 58: Royal assent to Bills
  • Section 59: Disallowance by the Queen
  • Section 60: Signification of Queen's pleasure on Bills reserved

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