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THE CONSTITUTION OF WESTERN AUSTRALIA

 

 [An unofficial consolidation of the Constitution Act 1889

and the Constitution Acts Amendment Act 1899]

                                                                                                                      

PART 1 – PRELIMINARY

 1.            Short title                                                                                      

2.            Interpretation                                                                                     

 

PART 2 – PARLIAMENTRY

 

General

 3.            Legislature to be constituted in Western Australia                            

4.            Governor may fix place and time of sessions, prorogue

Houses and dissolve Assembly                                                            

5.            A session every year                                                                           

6.            Powers of the 2 Houses in respect of legislation                               

7.            Legislature as constituted by this Act empowered to alter

      any of its provisions                                                                                                                                                                    

Legislative Council 

8.            Constitution of Legislative Council                                                   

9.            Electoral regions and representation                                                    

10.        Qualification of members of Legislative Council                              

11.        Retirement of members periodically                                                  

12.        Resignation of members                                                                     

13.        Tenure of seat by member filling vacancy                                         

14.        Council may proceed to business although full number

      of vacancies not filled at general election                                          

15.        Election of President                                                                          

16.        Absence of President provided for                                                    

17.        President to hold office in certain cases until meeting

      of Parliament                                                                                      

18.       Quorum – division, casting vote                                                      

 Legislative Assembly 

19.        Constitution of Legislative Assembly                                                

20.        Electoral districts                                                                                  

21.        Qualification of members of Legislative Assembly                           

22.        Duration of Assembly                                                                        

23.        Assembly may proceed to business although full number

      of writs shall not have been returned                                                                       

24.        Election of Speaker                                                                            

25.        Absence of Speaker provided for                                                      

26.        Speaker to hold office till meeting of new Parliament unless

      not re-elected                                                                                     

27.        Quorum – division, casting vote                                                        

28.        Resignation of members                                                                     

 Both Houses of Parliament

 

29.        Oath or affirmation of allegiance                                                       

30.        Standing rules and orders                                                                                 

31.        Salaries of President, Speaker, and officers                                       

32.        Privileges of both Houses                                                                  

33.        No action to lie against officials of either House                               

Disqualification of Members

 

34.        Interpretation                                                                                     

35.        Disqualification by reason of bankruptcy or convictions                  

36.        Holders of offices or places not disqualified except under

      sections 37 to 45                                                                                

37.        Disqualification of certain office-holders and members

      of Parliament                                                                                      

38.        Election of unqualified or disqualified persons void                         

39.        Certain offices and places must be vacated before member can

      take seat                                                                                             

40.        Office or place vacated in certain cases                                             

41.        Seats in Parliament vacated in certain cases                                      

42.        Provision for relief                                                                             

43.        Presence of unqualified persons not to invalidate proceedings         

44.        Jurisdiction of Supreme Court                                                           

45.        Power to amend Schedule 2                                                              

 

PART 3 – EXECUTIVE 

46.        Principle executive offices                                                                 

47.        No person to draw salaries for 2 offices                                            

48.        Parliamentary Secretaries                                                                   

 

PART 4 – THE GOVERNOR 

49.        Office of Governor                                                                            

50.        Instructions to Governor                                                                    

51.        Appointment to offices under the Government of the State

      to be vested in the Governor                                                             

 PART 5 – LOCAL GOVERNMENT 

52.         Elected local governing bodies                                                         

53.        Certain laws not affected                                                                  

 PART 6 – JUDICIAL 

54.        Judges continued in the enjoyment of their offices

      during good behaviour                                                                       

55.        Judges may be removed by the Crown on the address of

      both Houses                                                                                       

 

PART 7 – LEGAL 

56.        Existing law saved                                                                             

57.        Courts of justice, commission, officers, etc.                                      

 

PART 8 – FINANCIAL  

58.        All duties and revenues to form Consolidated Fund                        

59.        Such fund permanently charged with expenses of collection                       

60.        No part of Public Revenue to be issued except on warrants

      from the Governor                                                                             

61.        Consolidated Revenue to be appropriated by Act of

      the Legislature: Certain charges not affected                                    

 SCHEDULE 1                                           

 

SCHEDULE 2                                              

 

Appendix 1: Provisions omitted from the main text of the consolidation                                                                       

Appendix 2: Table showing where to find existing provisions in the consolidation