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Aboriginal economic development

Aboriginal economic development  

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Since 1788 and the European colonisation of Australia, the continental population has grown rapidly and national income has increased, making Australia one of the world's rich or developed nations. ...
Aboriginal politics (historical)

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 ...
Albert Bathurst Piddington

Albert Bathurst Piddington  

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(1862–1945)qualified in law but chose to teach, including five years at the University of Sydney where his circle of friends included Christopher Brennan. In 1895 he was elected to ...
Alfred Deakin

Alfred Deakin  

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(1856–1919)Australian statesman and three times prime minister (1903–04; 1905–08; 1909–10), who played a major role in the early development of the Commonwealth.Born and educated in Melbourne, the ...
arbitration

arbitration  

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A means of settling disputes without recourse to law. The arbitrator will hear the case of the parties and make either a binding or an indicative judgment.
Australian Capital Territory

Australian Capital Territory  

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The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was established under s 125 of the Constitution to be the seat of government for the Commonwealth of Australia. Because of a compromise on the ...
Australian Settlement

Australian Settlement  

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The concept of an Australian Settlement has increasingly come into use as a way of framing political history and Australian political thought. Although the range, character and significance of a ...
Borders

Borders  

Were well understood and observed in Aboriginal society. Stephen Davis and Victor Prescott explain in Aboriginal Frontiers and Boundaries in Australia (1992) that clan or tribal boundaries tended to ...
Britain–Australia

Britain–Australia  

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Beyond the well-worn caricatures that depict an impatient youth pulling relentlessly at mother's apron-strings, the Australia–Britain relationship is a study in the complex interplay between ...
Canada–Australia

Canada–Australia  

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The titles of several recent historical examinations of the Canadian–Australian relationship convey ideas of separation and detachment: ‘parties long estranged’, ‘distant ally’, and ‘parallel paths’. ...
COAG

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 ...
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 ...
constitutional conventions

constitutional conventions  

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Practices relating to the exercise of their functions by the Crown, the government, Parliament, and the judiciary that are not legally enforceable but are commonly followed as if they were. One of ...
Court's conception of Federalism

Court's conception of Federalism  

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Federalism as a system of government is generally thought to require a constitutional guarantee of the integrity and viability of each level of government. Cases concerning Commonwealth–state ...
Criticism of the Court

Criticism of the Court  

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Any institution called upon to decide major issues of Commonwealth–state relations, questions of the extent of governmental power, disputes between government and the citizen, and even disputes ...
environmental Law

environmental Law  

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The body of official legal rules, decisions, and actions that relate to environmental quality, natural resources, and ecological sustainability.
Equalisation

Equalisation  

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The principle of ‘a fair go for all’ underlies much Political rhetoric in Australia. Historically it has been extended to encompass the ability of state governments to provide services that are ...
federalism

federalism  

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A political system in which power is vested in an association of constituents, rather than in a central government set over and above them. The Federalist Papers were a series of articles written ...
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 ...
Founders

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 ...

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