I mentioned to Cam earlier that I had chosen to adopt the Na*WriMo tradition of not actually finishing in the alloted time. I have delayed half a week, and I'm *still* not finished. Part 1 ensues.
Elections for the Australian government
shall be held on the first Saturday of June, every second year,
starting from the first such day after this Constitution is ratified.
The Australian Government shall
comprise three bodies: the Legislature, embodied by Parliament; the
Executive Council; and the High Court. It shall by overseen by the
States on behalf of the People of Australia.
Any Australian citizen may be elected to any position in the
Government unless previously convicted of treason. However, it shall
be forbidden to move from one body of the Government unless an
election to the later body has occurred after leaving the former
body. In the case of the later body being the High Court, four years
must pass after leaving the former body before being appointed to the
The Parliament of Australia shall be
divided into two houses, the House of Representatives, and the
The Parliament shall sit no later than
one month after election, and shall hold session no less than once a
month. Parliament shall appoint such times as it sees fit –
within these strictures - to sit. No body may susoend or dissolve
Parliament other than itself or this constitution.
The Senate shall be comprised of an
equal number of representatives from each State. On the first
Election Day after this constitution is adopted the Senate shall
diviide itself into three classes, with an equal number of senators
from each state in each class. The first class shall retain their
places for two years. The second class shall retain their places for
four years. The third class shall retain their places for six years.
Afterwards, each class shall hold their places for a term of six
Each State shall be represented by nine
The Senate shall make laws prescribing
the method of electing senators. Subject to any such laws, each State
may make laws prescribing the method of electing senators within that
State. Each State shall make laws regulating the places of election
of senators for that State.
Within one month of an election, and
before any other business, the Senate shall elect from its numbers a
President. The President may be emoved by a vote of the Senate, or by
resigning their office in a writen statement to the Governor-General
who shall then notify the Senate, or by ceasing to be a senator. The
Senate shall then appoint a new President within a month of the
vanacy and before any other business. The President shall in all
cases be entitled to a vote. If the President is temporarily absent,
the Senate shall appoint a temporary replacement.
If the place of a senator becomes
vacant before the expiration of the term of service, the State for
which which the Senator was chosen shall apppoint a replacement. Each
State shall make laws to regulate the appointment of temporary
senators to vacant places. Any vacancy so filled shall expire at the
next election; the senate place shall then expire along with the rest
of its class. The President of the Senate shall advise the States of
No Senator shall be absent from the
Senate without the assent of the Senate for more than two consecutive
sittings. If any senator fails to attend more than two consecutive
sittings the senator's place shall be vacated. At least one-third of
senators must be present to constitute a meeting of the Senate.
In all cases, a majority of votes shall
decide a question, with one vote per senator. Tied votes shall pass
in the negative.
House of Representatives
The House of Represenatives shall be
comprised of representatives of equal-sized electorates, one
representative from each electorate. The election of these
representatives shall occur on the first Election Day after the
adoption of this constitution. The term of each representative shall
expire after four years.
The Parliament shall make laws
regulating the placement of these electorates. The electorates must
be physically contigious and as compact as reasonable. The
electorates shall comprise as close to 120,000 voters as reasonable.
The electorates may be formed out of different States. The House
shall make laws regulating the method of electing Representatives.
Within one month of an election and
before any other business, the House of Representatives shall elect
from their own numbers, a Prime Minister. If the position of Prime
Minister should become vacant, the House shall elect from their own
numbers a replacement within a month of the vacancy, and before any
other business. The Prime Minister shall cease to hold the office if
they should lose their seat in the House of Representatives. The
Prime Minister may also resign the position with a written
notification to the Governor-General who shall then notify the House.
The Prime Minister may also be removed by a majority vote of the
House, or by the Governor-General followingt the advise of the States
Council. If the Prime Minister is temporarily absent, the House shall
elect a replacement to fill the office during this absence.
If the place of a Representative
becomes vacant before the end of the House term, the Prime Minister
shall issue a writ for the election of a replacement within two weeks
of the vacancy. The electorate shall then hold, within six weeks of
the issuance of this writ an election to fill the vacancy.
No Representative shall be absent from
the House without the assent of the House for more than two
consecutive sittings. If any representative fails to attend more than
two consecutive sittings the representative's place shall be vacated.
At least one-third of representativess must be present to constitute
a meeting of the House.
Questions arising in the House shall be
decided by majority vote with one vote per Representative except the
Prime Minister. The Prime Minister shall not vote unless the votes
are euqal, and then shall have the deciding vote.
Powers of the Parliament
<insert Powers here. Probably best
to stick with sections 51 through 60, eh>
Arizona is an outdoor state and has lots of hiking in the city and around the state. Phoenix is unusual for most cities in having several large mountains in the center of the city with great hiking. Anyone who comes to Phoenix has to do the Echo Canyon trail on Camelback
and the Summit Hike on Squaw Peak
or Piesta Peak. The views of the city, suburbs and surrounding mountains are wonderful from Camelback and Piesta Peak.
For more experienced hikers there is the McDowell Mountains in North Scottsdale that has several difficult and strenuous hikes in Tom's Thumb
and Bell Pass
. Alternatively, you can hike the highest mountain in Arizona. At 12,600 feet Humphrey's Peak
is a long and difficult hike.
Between 2004 and 2009 this site, southsearepublic.org
, was a constitutional blog based on scoop which focused on Australian and global constitutional issues.
One of the strongest aspects of it was the development of constitutions by those involved in the blog. These constitutions are the outcome:
The constitutions were built using principles from Montesquieu's separation of powers, the enlightnment's universal political rights and the ancient Athenian technology of sortition and choice by lot.
I am an Australian living in the United States as a permanent resident.
I am a software developer by trade and mostly work in Java and jump between middleware and front end.
I originally worked in the New York area of the United States in telecommunications before moving to Washington DC and
working in a mix of telecommunications, energy and ITS. I started my own software company before heading out to
Arizona and working with Shutterfly. Since then I have joined a startup in the Phoenix area and am thoroughly enjoying myself.
I do a lot of photography which I post on this website, but also on flickr. I have a photo-journalistic website which lists
the modernist and contemporary restaurants in phoenix. I have a site on the Australian Flying Corps [AFC]
which has been around since the 1990s and which I unfortunately
lost the .org URL to during a life event; however, it is under the www.australianflyingcorps.com
The AFC website has gone through several iterations since the 90s and the two most recent are Australian Flying Corps Archives(2004-2002)
Australian Flying Corps Archives(2002-1999)
which are good places to start.