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The Magna Carta Committee of Australia was established in 2009 by a small group of Australians whose aim is to recognise the continuing significance of Magna Carta to Australia.

Australia is one of only two countries outside of the United Kingdom to own a copy of the Magna Carta. Originally sealed at Runnymede in 1215, Magna Carta was finally adopted as English law in 1297 and represents the basis of the common law of many countries, including Australia.

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Magna Carta, or as it is properly called the Great Charter of Liberty, was born on 15 June 1215 at Runnymede when King John – Bad King John as he is more commonly known – was persuaded to accede to a number of demands made...

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