The government just lost a vote in the House of Representatives for the first time since 1962. Researcher Campbell explores what that means and what happened all those decades ago.
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On this day 108 years ago, a prime minister took a stand and invited some warships to visit Australia. Did he realise at the time what a monumental impact he would have on Australia’s place in the world?
Every election you see people out in force wearing t-shirts to reflect their political colours and support their candidate of choice. Our researcher Campbell shows off some of the t-shirts in the museum collection and why they matter to our democracy.
The Museum of Australian Democracy collection contains Christmas cards for almost every year of Malcolm Fraser’s prime ministership.
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.
Chris Hurford played a key role in the development of Australia's skills-oriented immigration policy as Minister for Immigration and Ethnic Affairs from 1984 to 1987.
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.
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.
Mary Riek was born in Hobart, Tasmania, in 1927. Mary worked in the Parliamentary Library in 1948 and again in 1966-67.
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?
A small story, perfectly formed—thanks to Trove, the Australian War Memorial, good old Google and some New Jersey librarians.
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?