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Chapter I of the Constitution of Australia

Chapter I of the Constitution of Australia establishes the Parliament of Australia and its role as the legislative branch of the Government of Australia.[1] The chapter consists of 60 sections which are organised into 5 parts.

Part I: General

Part I contains 6 sections:

Part II: The Senate

Part II contains 17 sections:

  • Section 7: The Senate
  • Section 8: Qualification of electors
  • Section 9: Method of election of senators in the senate
  • Section 10: Application of State laws
  • Section 11: Failure to choose senators
  • Section 12: Issue of writs
  • Section 13: Rotation of senators
  • Section 14: Further provision for rotation
  • Section 15: Casual vacancies
  • Section 16: Qualifications of senator
  • Section 17: Election of President
  • Section 18: Absence of President
  • Section 19: Resignation of senator
  • Section 20: Vacancy by absence
  • Section 21: Vacancy to be notified
  • Section 22: Quorum
  • Section 23: Voting in the Senate

Part III: The House of Representatives

Part III contains 17 sections:

Part IV: Both Houses of the Parliament

Part IV consists of 10 sections:

Part V: Powers of the Parliament in Australia

Part V consists of 10 sections:


  1. ^ "Chapter I - The Parliament". Constitution of Australia. Retrieved 27 August 2012.
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Chapter I of the Constitution of Australia
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