Category Archives: Australian Government

Is Australian politics becoming more like American politics? If so, why? #PLT110 #auspol #americanisation

Is Australian politics becoming more like American politics?  If so, why?  Australian politics seemed to become more obviously aligned with American politics during the 2007 Federal election campaign. Kevin’07 had all the hallmarks of an Americanised election movement: “…the uninitiated … 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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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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Ugh! The #WhiteAustralia policy… #PLT110

I never understood this one… we’re all human no matter what colour or creed we are. This policy is the part of Australia’s history I will always be ashamed of. Of course, our current Prime Minister is working on topping that one too… … Continue reading

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#PLT110 – Australian Politics in a Global Context

Wow! It’s been a while! I finished a whole other subject before commencing this one last week. I will add back-dated posts anon, in case anyone is interested. Before I add my first offering in this new subject I’m studying … Continue reading

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Questions of #power… #NET102

We have started to look at the topics we’ve covered over the last 6 weeks on deeper levels. ‘Power and Economy’ is the first theme – really, quite pertinent as I have decided to focus my final essay for this … Continue reading

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Australian political web sites – what involvment is encouraged or enabled? #NET102

TUTOR: Looking at the political sites listed in the study package, select two to visit. What type of political involvement do they encourage or enable? MY RESPONSE: GetUp! An organisation consisting of a community of Australians who wish for their … Continue reading

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