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Australian Politics For Dummies

Economou, Nick / Ghazarian, Zareh


2. Edition March 2022
360 Pages, Softcover
Wiley & Sons Ltd

ISBN: 978-0-7303-9542-3
John Wiley & Sons

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Understand Aussie politics and make your vote count!

Australian Politics For Dummies gives you a helping hand as you get to grips with the good, the bad and the ugly of Australian politics. Seasoned political punters and voting novices alike will find fascinating facts and top thrills in in this essential guide. Master the ins and outs of elections, parties and policies. In no time, you'll be discussing and debating the biggest issues with ease. Down under, we all have to vote. It's one of the many beautiful things about this land of ours, and this book will help you learn why (and how) to cast that ballot.

This updated edition gives you everything you need to cast your vote with confidence. You'll identify what makes the Australian political system tick, distinguish between the different political parties and understand the influence of the media in Australian politics.
* Decipher political terminology, make sense of the houses of parliament and understand why we have minor parties
* Learn how Australia's political system evolved and grasp today's voting systems
* Make sense of coalition politics and figure out the differences between the Labor and Liberal parties
* Find out why Australia's system of government is described as 'Washminster,' and discover the Whips and the Usher of the Black Rod

You want to know more about Australian politics, but, if we're being realistic, it's very complicated. Australian Politics For Dummies clears it all up.

Foreword xv

Introduction 1

Part 1: Politics: You're in It 5

Chapter 1: Australian Politics: The Basics 7

Chapter 2: Hot Topics in Australia: The Political Debate 23

Part 2: The Australian System of Government 45

Chapter 3: One Country, Many Rulebooks 47

Chapter 4: Westminster: Much More than Big Ben 67

Chapter 5: Washminster: The Australian Hybrid 83

Chapter 6: Parliament: The House on the Hill 99

Chapter 7: Governing the Great Southern Land 123

Part 3: Party time! 139

Chapter 8: Parties, Parliament and Politics 141

Chapter 9: The Australian Labor Party 155

Chapter 10: The Liberal Party 185

Chapter 11: The National Party 211

Chapter 12: The Minor Parties and Independents 227

Part 4: Citizen Power! 245

Chapter 13: Elections: A Festival of Democracy 247

Chapter 14: Let the Campaign Begin! 269

Chapter 15: The Fourth Estate: The Media 287

Part 5: Part of Tens 303

Chapter 16: Ten Politicians Who Made an Impact 305

Chapter 17: Ten (Plus One!) Speeches Worth Listening to Again 311

Chapter 18: Ten Acts of Political Bastardry in Australia 317

Chapter 19: Ten (Plus One!) Women who made History in Australian Politics 323

Glossary 329

Index 341
Dr Nick Economou is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University. He has taught the subject since 1985.

Dr Zareh Ghazarian is a Senior Lecturer in Politics and International Relations in the School of Social Sciences at Monash University.

N. Economou, Monash University, Australia; Z. Ghazarian, Monash University, Australia