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Axial Shift pp 353-389 | Cite as

Case Study: The Territorial Evolution of Australia and the United States

  • Benjamen GussenEmail author
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Abstract

In 1949, David Henry Drummond noted:

It is significant that since the Imperial Parliament handed over the control of Australia to the Commonwealth, no new State has been created, notwithstanding that Sir Henry Parkes, the founder of the Federation, said—‘that as a matter of reason and logical forecast, the division of the existing colonies into smaller areas to equalize the distribution of political power, will be the next great constitutional change.’

This chapter provides ‘broad brush’ analysis to inspire this ‘next great constitutional change.’ Although a proviso is in order: No matter how persuasive the rationale for new States is, there is still a need for further evaluation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of LawSwinburne University of TechnologyMelbourneAustralia

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