"I just wanted to know whether section 128 of the constitution could be used to amend or repeal the first eight clauses of the Constitution?"

Hi James

Thanks for your question.

Section 128 of The Australian Constitution provides for the Constitution to be changed in a process called a referendum. A referendum is a vote by Australians to decide if they will support or reject a bill—a proposed law—to change the Australian Constitution, including changes to the first 8 clauses of the Constitution.

The first 8 clauses are often called the 'covering clauses' which enabled the 6 British colonies—New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania to unite to form the Commonwealth of Australia in 1901, a process known as federation. Therefore, it is unlikely that any referendums would be proposed to change those 8 clauses today.

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