Posted in July 2012

Our Political Parties

Political Parties Political Parties are central to an understanding of how Australian politics works.  The parties dominate state and federal parliaments, provide all governments and oppositions, and frame the nature of political debate. The ALP is Australia’s oldest political party, formed in 1890.  The only party to have been continuously represented in the House of … Continue reading

Political Parties and Policy Formulation

I noted on the front page of The Weekend Australian a short time ago (June 2-3 2012) a lead for a story – “Australia’s relationship with China is immature and the federal government lacks clear policy on how to deal with the Country’s biggest trading partner in a climate where xenophobia remains, according to the … Continue reading