The correct name please: 'The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia' or 'Parliament of Australia'?
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From: Damien Trinne
Dear Attorney-General's Department,
One of my students asked me recently what is the correct name of Parliament?: 'The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia' or 'Parliament of Australia'?
The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act of 1900 (UK) refers to Parliament as the “Parliament of the Commonwealth” and has no mention of 'Parliament of Australia'
If it is now 'Parliament of Australia' when did his name change happen, and under what authority was it changed?
I thank you in advance
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2013. In your email you state:
"One of my students asked me recently what is the correct name of
Parliament?: 'The Parliament of the Commonwealth of Australia' or
'Parliament of Australia'? The Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act
of 1900 (UK) refers to Parliament as the “Parliament of the Commonwealth”
and has no mention of 'Parliament of Australia'. If it is now 'Parliament
of Australia' when did his name change happen, and under what authority
was it changed?"
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