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Australian Constitution (Public Record Copy) Act 1990

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Australian Constitution (Public Record Copy) Act 1990

Australian Constitution (Public Record Copy) Act 1990
Long title An Act to exclude one of the record copies of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 from the public records to which the Public Records Act 1958 applies.
Citation 1990 c. 17
Territorial extent England and Wales
Northern Ireland
Royal Assent 29 June 1990
Other legislation
Relates to Public Records Act 1958
Status: Current legislation
Text of statute as originally enacted
Text of the Australian Constitution (Public Record Copy) Act 1990 as in force today (including any amendments) within the United Kingdom, from the UK Statute Law Database

The Australian Constitution (Public Record Copy) Act 1990 is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom, passed in 1990. The purpose of the Act was to allow the Commonwealth of Australia to retain the original copy of the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act 1900 (Imp), which the British government had loaned for the celebration in 1988 of the bicentenary of British settlement in Australia.

The Australian government had made a formal request to Queen Elizabeth II for the Act to remain in Australia, as part of the nation's history. However, under the UK's Public Records Act 1958, the original copy of every Act of Parliament had to remain in the Public Record Office in London. Thus the British Parliament passed a new Act to exempt this copy from that requirement, so as to allow the copy to remain with Australia as a gift.

The copy is now displayed in the Federation Gallery at the National Archives of Australia, in Canberra.

External links

  • Graeme Powell, "The Quest for the Nation's Title Deeds, 1901-1990" (2005) 54:1 Australian Library Journal 55. Retrieved 2011-06-08.
  • National Archives of Australia. Retrieved 2011-08-20.

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