Professor George Williams AO
The United States Constitution reflects its revolutionary origins in beginning with the famous call ‘We the people’. By contrast, our Constitution is contained in a British Act of Parliament that opens with:
Whereas the people of New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Queensland, and Tasmania
‘Whereas’ is hardly the sort of beginning that gets the heart racing. In addition, these words are not even complete in failing to mention Western Australia, which joined the Federation just before the commencement of the Constitution in 1901.