Citizenship and the Australian Constitution Analytical Essay

Citizenship and the Australian Constitution
An analysis of the recent changes to Australia's Constitution regarding citizenship.
# 144712 | 1,861 words | 9 sources | APA | 2010 | AU

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This paper focuses on the recent changes that altered Australia's Constitution to include rules of citizenship. The paper explains that some people have begun to question the constitution's relevancy in today's world. The paper gives a brief history of Australian citizenship, and presents the arguments for and against keeping citizenship conventional. The paper also discusses Australia's alliance to Britain, including how immigration and citizenship may lead to republicanism. The paper acknowledges that there is a constant debate about whether the Constitution should be amended to include citizenship, but concludes that amending the Constitution to include citizenship is necessary to provide a democratic society to our future generations.

From the Paper:

"As of late, there has been a lot of media coverage regarding refugees. A portion of this is misleading or biased. Thus a stigma has been attached to these so-called 'boat people'. A number of asylum seekers make their way to Australia every year. Since Federation, there has been 740, 000 refugee migrant settlers. 'Alien' is the term referred to when describing someone who is not a 'British subject, an Irish citizen, or a protected person.' . However, it has been argued that 'The civic identity of Australia as a law-respecting, liberal-democratic society includes all the people who live here-denizens as well as citizens'. By including citizenship in the Constitution, the people's rights would be recognised. One would hope that the migrants to Australia would be regarded as citizens and included in the amended sections. A large number of Australian born citizens would disagree with that statement. The Australian public has many concerns as to whether or not; they would suffer job losses, their individual rights would be stripped and whether or not the safety within their community would be breached. The topic of national security would however, have to be addressed by the drafters who included new sections in the Constitution regarding citizenship."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Batrouney, T. & Goldlust, J. 2005. Unravelling Identity: Immigrants, Identity and Citizenship in Australia. Australia.: Common Ground Publishing.
  • Boyer, P., Cardinal, L. & Headon, D. 2004. From Subjects to Citizens: A Hundred Years of Citizenship in Australia and Canada., Governance Series. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.: University of Ottawa Press.
  • Cook, I., Walsh, M. & Harwood, J. 2009. Government and Democracy in Australia. 2nd ed. Melbourne.: Oxford University Press.
  • Davidson, A. 1997. From Subject to Citizen: Australian Citizenship in the Twentieth Century. Cambridge, U.K.: Cambridge University Press.
  • Hudson, W. & Kane, J. 2000. Rethinking Australian Citizenship. United Kingdom.: Cambridge University Press. Accessed on 17 April, 2010 at

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