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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission  

Have emerged from the indigenous adaptation to colonisation and from efforts to govern indigenous Australians more effectively and equitably.Though there were episodes of collective action by ...
Black-armband history

Black-armband history  

A phrase coined by Geoffrey Blainey in his Latham Lecture (Quadrant, 1993), signified a pessimistic reading of Australian history which, he contended, had gained undue acceptance. Earlier generations ...
Constitution

Constitution  

In written form provide for the governance of the states and the Commonwealth. The state constitutions date from the time the colonies achieved self-government: Victoria, 1855; NSW, 1855; SA, 1856 ...
federation

federation  

Was the greatest political achievement in Australian history, bringing together six self-governing colonies that were under no compulsion to unite. Few people in the nation so created know or honour ...
Governor-General

Governor-General  

The Constitution Act, 1867 (section 12), refers to but does not create this office, which represents the sovereign in Canada. That was done by Letters Patent issued in 1878. In ...
Liberal Party

Liberal Party  

(Australia) A major political party in Australia. The original party emerged in 1910 as an alliance of various groups opposed to the Australian Labor Party, led by Forrest. They were known for a ...
referendum

referendum  

A mechanism which allows voters to make a choice between alternative courses of action on a particular issue. The result of the referendum may then be embodied in the particular state's constitution; ...
Samuel Walker Griffith

Samuel Walker Griffith  

(born 21 June 1845; died 9 August 1920; Chief Justice 1903–19)had a political and legal career of great distinction. He was twice Premier of Queensland, and then Chief Justice, before becoming the ...

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