Introduction; 1. The Constitution does not mean what it says; 2. The Constitution does not say what it means; 3. The Constitution says some things without actually saying them; 4. The Constitution fails to say things that might be important; 5. The Constitution says things that contradict each other; Conclusion: The Constitution could say what it means and mean what it says (if we wanted it to); Appendix: The Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia.
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