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Too Much One-man Rule and Too Many Symbols Of It!

Pyke, John R. (2003) Too Much One-man Rule and Too Many Symbols Of It! Courier-Mail.

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The article, published after the resignation of Governor-General Hollingworth, discussed the assumed power of the Prime Minister to decide, by himself, who the next Governor-General would be, and argued that (i) the convention of responsible government, as developed in the 19th century, dictated that major decisions such as this should be made by the Cabinet collectively, not by one man, and that (ii) the monarchical language of our Constitution ("executive power is vested in the Queen") encourages people to think in terms of one-man rule rather than in terms of a broader and more democratic distribution of power.

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ID Code: 12055
Item Type: Journal Article
Keywords: Governor, General, appointment of, Prime Minster, cabinet government, autocracy, monarchy, republicanism
ISSN: 1322-5235
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Policy (160510)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100) > Constitutional Law (180108)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2003 John R. Pyke
Deposited On: 17 Jan 2008
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2010 22:54

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