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.
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While democracy isn’t usually synonymous with romance, we have a few gems in our collection that get right to the heart of politics….
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 theme of this year’s International Day of People with a Disability is “Inclusion matters: access and empowerment for people of all abilities”.
The 24th Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting is meeting in Malta from 27th to 29th November. CHOGM meets every two years, each time in a different city, and brings together the 53 member states of the Commonwealth of Nations.
Since 13 October the museum has been running its Twitter project, #Dismissal1975, to commemorate the Whitlam sacking.
Royal Commissions usually fit two categories: those that are primarily investigative, and those that are advisory, seeking to assist the formulation of government policy.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has reversed the decision of his predecessor, Tony Abbott, to reintroduce knighthoods and damehoods and has removed them from the Australian honours system.
Arthur C. Clarke and the 1945 Wireless World paper, Can rocket stations give world-wide radio coverage?
The United Nations organisation established 70 years ago in 1945 had 51 member states. Today, there are close to 200. Nearly every nation on the planet.
The media is talking about ‘Estimates’ again. What is the ‘Estimates’ process and why is it called ‘Estimates’?
As a student of politics and later as a political journalist, the Dismissal was a constant reference point – an Australian moment that has attracted, perhaps, more scholarship, journalism and cultural reflection than just about any other.
Had John Lennon lived, he would be celebrating his 75th birthday today. There’s no doubt the world would have been celebrating with him.
With American R&B singer Chris Brown having his right to entry into Australia being challenged by the federal government, and anti-abortion activist Troy Newman being denied a visa, we explore ministerial rights in this area.
We have a new Cabinet! But what is it? And why isn’t it in the Constitution?
One characteristic shared by almost all former prime ministers is a reluctance to relinquish the office. What does one do after leaving the top job in the country?
Since the first Federal Parliament was convened in 1901, there have been 146 by-elections (including Canning). Seventy-two have been necessitated by the resignation of a member and 68 by death.
Australia has a new PM, and for the third time in five years the transition of power has occurred as the result of a leadership spill in the government. But what is a leadership spill?
Most of Australia’s migrant and refugee intake has been a product of decisions announced and debated in the Old Parliament House, when it was home to the federal parliament from 1927 to 1988.
A small story, perfectly formed—thanks to Trove, the Australian War Memorial, good old Google and some New Jersey librarians.