Adrienne Stone, Melbourne Law School, and Elisa Arcioni, University of Sydney Faculty of Law, have published Australian Constitutional Culture and the Social Role of the Constitution as Sydney Law School Research Paper No. 16/01. Here is the abstract.
This article, a contribution to a Symposium on Australasian Constitutionalism, addresses the disinclination of Australians to treat their Constitution as a source of shared values or aspirations. In this article the authors argue that there is, nonetheless, a meaningful way that the Australian Constitution articulates the values of the Australian people. Moreover, it is argued that recent movements for constitutional reform suggest a shift in Australian constitutional culture towards an acceptance that the Constitution does and should define the values of the Australian people.Download the article from SSRN at the link.