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Australian English

Australian English  

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Is a term used to describe the form of English spoken and written in Australia. Like other national varieties of English, it shares much of its vocabulary and pronunciation with ...
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 ...
corruption

corruption  

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The use of bribery to influence the actions of a public official. More generally, corruption refers to obtaining private gains from public office through bribes, extortion, and embezzlement of public ...
Electioneering

Electioneering  

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Electioneering—the effort parties and others make to persuade electors to vote a particular way—formally begins once the date of an election or referendum is announced; for national elections, the ...
Ethel Turner

Ethel Turner  

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(1870–1958)was born in Yorkshire, the second child of G. W. Burwell, who died within two years of her birth. Her mother's second marriage was to Henry Turner, whose name ...
Harold Blair

Harold Blair  

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(1924–76)used his celebrity as an Aboriginal operatic singer to promote Aboriginal welfare. Born on Cherbourg reserve in Qld, Blair was separated from his mother and raised at Purga mission ...
Herbert Brookes

Herbert Brookes  

(1867–1963)was a cultured, public-spirited, philanthropic, Protestant zealot, whose activities spanned a remarkable range of interests. The eldest surviving son of a wealthy and gifted family (his ...
Knocker

Knocker  

Is a person who disparages or finds fault, often unfairly. The term is an Americanism dating back to the late nineteenth century but, as Keith Dunstan shows in his entertaining ...
Leonie Judith Kramer

Leonie Judith Kramer  

(1924– )is an influential conservative figure in Australian literature and culture. Educated in Melbourne and Oxford, Kramer taught at the University of New South Wales for 10 years before her ...
Myer family

Myer family  

Built Australia's largest department store. Sidney Myer (1878–1934) was the founder of the business and a notable philanthropist. Born Simca Baevski, the son of a Hebrew scholar, at Kritchev in ...
Ned Kelly

Ned Kelly  

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(1855–80)Australian outlaw. He was the leader of a band of horse and cattle thieves and bank raiders operating in Victoria. A bushranger from 1878, Kelly was eventually hanged in Melbourne.
oratory

oratory  

[o-ră-tri]The art of public speaking; or the exercise of this art in orations—formal speeches for public occasions. A literary style resembling public speech and its formal devices may be called ...
political correctness

political correctness  

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Careful choice of words in spoken and written communications and actions, intended to avoid giving offense to ethnic, racial, cultural, or sexually oriented groups, disabled persons, and other ...
Political journalism

Political journalism  

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Political journalism has two main types. One sees the journalist as akin to a member of parliament, a representative of a Fourth Estate. Like members of the other estates, the ...
Press

Press  

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Revd Patrick Brontë and his family took a keen interest in the news of the day. The 19th century saw a great increase in the number of newspapers published, and ...
public good

public good  

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A special defence to some charges under section 4 of the Obscene Publications Act 1959 (R v Penguin Books [1961] Crim LR 176). See feature The Obscene Publications Acts.
Public service

Public service  

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The public service provides the general-purpose workforce for government departments and ministries, and various administrative agencies such as‐in the Commonwealth‐the auditor-general, the ...
radio

radio  

1. The first electronic mass medium of communication, involving an audio signal broadcast wirelessly in the form of radio waves from a high-power transmitter to a low-power receiver (radio set). ...
Robert Bowden Madgwick

Robert Bowden Madgwick  

(1905–79)studied economics at the University of Sydney and completed a doctorate at Oxford. Appointed to a senior lectureship in economics at Sydney during 1936, he served as director of ...
SBS

SBS  

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Before 1956, when security restrictions were lifted, broadcasting and the print media in languages other than English were strictly controlled and had limited content (see Press and Media and ...

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