Table of Contents

Foreword/ Acknowledgments/ List of Illustrations/ Editors’ introduction/ A note on the text

The Stable Society and its Enemies

A stable society of growth

The population and progress


Federation and nationalism

Great Expectations — the 1870s-1880s

Federation Advocated

Why federation?

The role of the state

Conservative advocates of federation

New liberal advocates of federation

Some opponents of federation

Federation Achieved

The relations of the Commonwealth and the States

"A compromise, with all the faults of a compromise"

Solving the problem of dissolutions of parliament

The electoral franchise problem

Establishing a High Court

A Constitution of checks and balances

The distribution of powers

The Australian state is made

Epilogue: Federation and the New Liberalism

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