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Aboriginal politics (historical)

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Even though people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent constitute less than 2 per cent of Australia's population, their rights, status and circumstances have become major issues in ...
asylum seekers

asylum seekers  

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Is someone who is at risk of persecution for their religious or political beliefs in their country of origin and because of this is seeking residency and employment in a different country. [See ...
Ben Chifley

Ben Chifley  

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Joseph Benedict Chifley (1885–1951), prime minister from 1945 to 1949, is perhaps best remembered for popularising the term, ‘the light on the hill’, to encapsulate the Labor Party's idealistic ...
COAG

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The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is a heads of government forum overseeing intergovernmental relations. It is chaired by the prime minister and comprises the six state premiers, the two ...
Commonwealth–state relations

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Cover a broad range of associations, agreements, and institutional arrangements for carrying on the complex business of governing in a federal system. The constitution provides the basic skeleton of ...
Founders

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Who were the founders of the Australian Commonwealth? John La Nauze, the Federation's pre-eminent historian, speculated in 1972 that perhaps twenty or fewer of the founders were known to the ...
Franklin Dam

Franklin Dam  

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The campaign against the Gordon-below-Franklin dam in south-west Tasmania is a major milestone in Australian environmental politics (see Environmentalism). Following the flooding in 1972 of Lake ...
Government business enterprise

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‘Government business enterprise’ (GBE) is a term adopted in the 1980s by Canberra public sector reformers of the New Public Management (NPM) style for a much older phenomenon—government in business ...
Indigenous rights

Indigenous rights  

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The term ‘Indigenous rights’ (or ‘Aboriginal rights’) is commonly used to refer to the group-specific rights of Indigenous people. These differ from equal or civil rights shared by Indigenous and ...
Japan–Australia

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The contemporary Australia–Japan relationship is the deepest of Australia's relationships with an Asian nation. It is mature and multifaceted. The relationship has evolved through eras in which the ...
Joe Lyons

Joe Lyons  

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Joseph Aloysius Lyons (1879–1939) was prime minister from 1932 to 1939. An experienced politician who had been Labor premier of Tasmania during the 1920s, Lyons resigned from the Scullin cabinet ...
liberal democracy

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Australia is one of the world's oldest and most successful liberal democracies. Liberal democracy is the name applied to political arrangements that combine two principles of Political theory: that ...
monarchism

monarchism  

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Monarchy originally meant ‘the rule of one’, but the word has now come to be attached to the constitution of kingship (and queenship) that is usually conceived as hereditary, though many posts which ...
State politics

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The establishment of the Commonwealth in 1901 created the Australian Federation of which the six previously existing British colonies of New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, ...
Transport policy

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Transport has been called ‘the maker and breaker of cities’, but in Australia it has also made and unmade governments. Most rural and suburban councils began as roads boards; the ...
Washminster

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The term ‘Washminster’ sums up the Australian system as a unique hybrid that has developed in its own way, rather than a mere variant of a Westminster system. Analysts have ...

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