Monthly Archives: July 2015

Whatever happened to the #feminist movement of the late-1960s and early 1970s in Australia? #PLT110

Whatever happened to the feminist movement of the late-1960s and early 1970s in Australia? The Women’s Electoral Lobby (WEL) in Australia officially started in 1972, riding on a global wave of the feminist movement. Lobbying for women’s rights and presenting … Continue reading

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What obstacles do minor parties & independents face when competing with the larger, more established parties? #PLT110

What obstacles do minor parties and independents face when competing with the larger, more established parties?  From the outset, minor parties can be accused of being radical extremists by the major parties and/or the media. This can encompass public vilification and … Continue reading

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What are the advantages/disadvantages of having formal #factions within a political party like the #ALP ? #PLT110

What are the advantages and disadvantages of having formal factions within a political party like the ALP?  As the ALP has had, historically, such a wide range of ideologies existing within the party, the existence of factions can be an … Continue reading

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What are the key differences between the House of Representatives and the Senate? #PLT110

What are the key differences between the House of Representatives and the Senate, and does the latter enhance or curtail democracy? The upper and lower houses of Australia’s federal bicameral parliament are referred to as the Senate and the House … Continue reading

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Should Australia become a republic? #PLT110 #ausrepublic

Should Australia become a republic? If so, what difference would it make? I have always believed that Australia should become a republic. One of my fundamental motivations for this view is the desire for Australia to be truly independent, breaking our … Continue reading

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