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“The Constitution in Space”
July 9, 2019
The National Archives of Australia delivers a public engagement program around Australian Constitution Day – 9 July to promote greater knowledge and understanding of the Australian Constitution.
In association with the 50th anniversary of the moon landing, 20 July 2019, the National Archives will be hosting a Constitution Day Speakers’ Forum addressing past, current and future concerns about Australia’s role in the advancement of technologies and space exploration. This will be framed within the context of the Constitution and the extent to which it – a document written over a century ago, before space exploration was conceived of as a possibility – enables contemporary law to address these concerns.
This year’s topic, The Constitution in Space, encourages speakers to draw from historic examples such as Pine Gap and the Antarctic, as well as from their own research and work, to discuss the implications of space exploration for international co-operations relating to emerging technologies, telecommunications, and trade. We ask what, if any, provisions were written into the Constitution to allow for these issues to be navigated by contemporary law, and question the extent to which the framers of the Constitution may be considered forward-thinking in this regard.