There was considerable controversy recently when the Australian Border Force announced a joint operation with Victoria Police to allow for large-scale Border Force random checks of the visa status of people in Melbourne’s CBD.
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On 27 August1975, South Australia became the first Australian state to fully decriminalise homosexual acts.
There has been a lot of talk in the media about referenda and plebiscites lately. What is the difference between the two?
On the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the Independence proclamation, it is worth reflecting on Australia’s role in support of its northern neighbour’s Merdeka (Freedom) struggle.
NAIDOC Week gives us an opportunity to recognise the contributions that Indigenous Australians make to our country and our society.
World Refugee Day is held on June 20 each year. It is an occasion to think about, and recognize, the plight and the resilience of forcibly displaced people around the world.
In 1952, the Australian Government made a great addition to the nation’s library collection when it acquired an issue of Magna Carta that dated back to 1297.
We are all prone to falling prey to myths and misconceptions. The popular misconceptions surrounding medieval food and drink are particularly prevalent – the food was simple, unvaried, brown and eaten with the fingers.
Some prime ministerial homes remain suspended in time, preserved as domestic wunderkammer; but most are handed on like any other home, sold to the highest bidder, renovated or remodelled.
During 1915 there was heated parliamentary debate on a piece of controversial legislation which still has resonance a century later—the War Precautions Act.
A trend is developing of having increasing numbers of political parties, both in the Parliament and contesting elections.
Imagine if Twitter had been around 100 years ago at the time the Anzacs landed at Gallipoli.
It’s not many twelve year olds who can say that their words have been collected by a national cultural institution but that is exactly what has happened to Adele, a student from Telopea Park School.
Since news broke of the passing of former Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser last Friday, 20th March, the museum has been a place where visitors and passers-by have come to leave messages in a condolence book.
As one of only two women in federal parliament, Senator Dorothy Tangney was by all accounts a strong personality, not easily cowed by her more numerous male colleagues.
On 8 March this year women around the world celebrated forty years since International Women’s Year.
On Friday 13 February, Faith Bandler AC passed away at the age of 96.
With the passing of the Hon. Tom Uren (1921-2015), Australia has a lost a remarkable and dedicated political figure. The Museum pays tribute to Mr. Uren and his long, extraordinary life and career.
Seven-hundred-and-fifty years ago, on 20th January 1265, an English Parliament was convened without the permission of the king. This seems unexceptional today but back then it was a revolutionary act, challenging royal authority.
November 15 saw the death of former Fraser government minister Reginald Greive ‘Reg’ Withers at the age of 90.