Dear Mr H
I refer to your correspondence of 27 October 2019 sent to the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet (the Department) (as set out below) – our reference FOI/2019/316.
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From: Chris H <foi+[email address]>
Sent: Sunday, 27 October 2019 8:47 PM
To: FOI <[email address]>
Subject: Freedom of Information request - Validity of the Australia Act introduced in 1986
Dear Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet,
I would like to request any information on how and why the Australia Act 1986 is valid and legal because there are some fundamental issues. Some of these issues include:
* The Australia Act 1986 has no head of power. The Head of Power under 'The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900' is the Crown of the United Kingdom and Ireland.
* The Australia Act 1986 was enacted by the "Parliament of Australia" which is not recognised as a legislator under section 1 of 'The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900'.
* The Australia Act 1986 was an attempt to equalise powers exclusive to the Federal Government to that of the States by allowing the States to put aside any obligations to the inherited laws of
England and obligations to the Federal Government, this attempt was put to the people in question 2 of the 1984 Federal Referendum and failed.
Therefore, I would like to know why the Australia Act 1986 has been introduced and is still in place today. If there are no arguments that prove the fundamental issues above are wrong, then I
strongly suggest you repeal the Australia Act 1986.
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