Curator Angus Leendertz discusses the origins and development of the Memories of the Struggle exhibition.
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Our election FAQ provides answers to 8 important questions about the federal election being held on 2 July.
This election season, the Museum will be showing examples from its collection of how elections have been fought in Australian history. This week, our researcher Campbell examines ten badges that show aspects of historical election campaigns and what they mean for democracy.
Verging on another federal election, it is as good a time as any to ask ‘why do we have elections?’
Did you know, there was another Dismissal, decades before Sir John Kerr sacked Gough Whitlam? On this day, 13 May, 1932, Governor Sir Philip Game sacked Jack Lang as Premier of New South Wales.
We all know a democracy has an election, and we all go to our local school to vote every few years, and maybe grab a sausage. But what does an election entail? How do they come about and what happens when the Prime Minister announces one?
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is proud to announce the winner of our special category – ‘Democracy’ in the 2015 National History Challenge, Lauren Park from Pymble Ladies’ College.
On this day a century ago, the Easter Rising in Dublin renewed the struggle for Irish independence. What impact did this have on Australia, and what were its ramifications for Australian democracy and society?
With the recent changes to the Senate voting system, our researcher Campbell examines how things have been in the past and how the way we vote has changed over the years.
The struggle for free speech goes back many centuries and is still relevant and sometimes controversial in modern democracies.
In 1910 the parliamentary term expired before an election could be called. What did this mean and why did this happen, for the only time in history?
Only two things are certain in life: death and taxes. Tax reform is again on the political agenda. Many don’t like them, but democratic revolutions have been prompted by them.
Only one person has served longer in Parliament than Philip Ruddock. Explore the longevity of parliamentarians and discover what the ‘Father of the House’ does.
The issue of Australia becoming a republic has arisen again, following a statement of support for the change by seven of Australia’s eight premiers and chief ministers.
In this oral history excerpt, Don Cameron recalls his election campaign for the seat of Griffith in Queensland in 1966, and the innovative loud-speaker system that helped him win.
Robert Menzies resigned as prime minister 50 years ago today, ending the longest period – 16 years – as national leader in the history of Australian democracy.
Seen the film Suffragette? Meet Charlotte Blacklock, a suffragette who was willing to put her body, her mind, her very existence on the line for women’s rights to participate in public and political life.
The octocentenary of Magna Carta was a huge success internationally and in Australia in terms of promotion of the event and discussion of Magna Carta’s enduring significance as a ‘charter of liberties’.
December 10th marks the centenary of the production of the millionth car in the United States. It rolled off Henry Ford’s assembly-line in Detroit to little acclaim but soon showed how technological innovation changes society and ways of life.
Long-serving Liberal Member of Parliament Ian Macfarlane’s move from the Liberal Party to the Nationals highlights the fact that the current Australian Government is based on a Coalition. But what is a Coalition government? What are its origins in Australia?