From The Principality of Rangeview website....
(Geographical Location: via Gratton, Queensland Australia 4343)
‘A number of people wrongly believe that Australia became a nation in 1901’.
...It is unfortunate that some 'experts' on law go around spreading this nonsense. One such person, who is without excuse, is the Chief Justice of the purported High Court of Australia, Mr Anthony Murray Gleeson. (Gleeson was appointed Chief Justice of the High Court of Australia in May 1998. He graduated in Arts and Law from the University of Sydney) In one of Gleeson's 'Boyer Lecture series' ‘The Rule of Law and the Constitution’ he stated the following: “The Australian nation came into existence on 1st January 1901 when the Constitution came into legal effect.” As mentioned further above, Clause 8 of the [63 & 64 VICT] Constitution of Australia [CH 12] Constitution Act reads, “After the passing of this Act the Colonial Boundaries Act, 1895, shall not apply to any colony which becomes a State of the Commonwealth; but the Commonwealth shall be a self-governing colony for the purposes of the Act.” And Clause 2 of the Act reads: “The provisions of this Act referring to the Queen shall extend to Her Majesty’s heirs and successors in the sovereignty of the United Kingdom”. Now refer to the book 'The Annotated Constitution of the Commonwealth of Australia', by Quick and Garran. See on web at http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/ozlit/pdf/fed0014.pdf (Quick and Garran were involved in the creation of the Constitution Act. Their book is one which students and practitioners of law know as the 'bible' of constitutional commentary) "Commonwealth" SIGNIFICANCE OF THE TERM - The term "Commonwealth," to designate the Australian colonies, united in a Federal Constitution, was first proposed by the Constitutional Committee of the Federal Convention held in Sydney in 1891. ........ .... In both Conventions other names were submitted for consideration, such as "United Australia", "Federated Australia", "The Australian Dominion", "The Federated States of Australia", &c., but the Commonwealth was generally accepted,... ...In this Act the word is used to describe the new political community created by the union of people and of the colonies of Australia. Although it is capable of conveying the idea of a nation like the American Commonwealth, it does not, in its application to Australia, aspire to convey that meaning except in a restricted and potential sense. At the same time it is distinctly intended to signify that the newly-organised political society, forming a conspicuously integral part of the British empire, is entitled to a more dignified status and recognition in the international arena than that assigned to the most distinguished of the colonies or the most powerful of the provinces out of which it has been construed. Regarding land tenure (tenure = the right to hold property; part of an ancient hierarchical system of holding lands) Under International, and purported Australian law, the Crown in the right of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland no longer has any jurisdiction within Australia. ...There is no 'Queen of Australia'. In 1971 the United Kingdom Parliament passed the 'Immigration and Asylum Act (amended in 1972 and 1973) which deprived Australians of British citizenship thereby making them 'aliens'. The Crown, in the name of the Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland cannot rule over 'alien' Australians. Since the Crown in the right of the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland no longer has any jurisdiction within the territories of Australia, I, Lyall Lindsay Sempf own my land under fee simple title under no tenure to any crown. Radical title in Australia by the Crown does not exist. << See explanation of radical title. Quick & Garran's Commentary - Constitution http://setis.library.usyd.edu.au/ozlit/pdf/fed0014.pdf