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Field’s Life as a Rat – A Post Script – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn

October 20th, 2012 · Comments Off on Field’s Life as a Rat – A Post Script – “Joh: The Life and Political Adventures of Johannes Bjelke-Petersen”, Hugh Lunn · Australian Labor Party, Campaigning, Democracy, Politics, Progressive Politics, Queensland

Once the coup had taken place and the election was on, Field – a senator for just ninety-nine days – was quickly forgotten. Legal aid to help him fight five High Court writs stopped, promises of state government monetary aid did not materialise, and his previous ‘patrons’, the Queensland Liberal-National parties, put him at number […]

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The History of the Australian Senate – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers

June 6th, 2012 · Comments Off on The History of the Australian Senate – “Inside the Canberra Press Gallery: Life in the Wedding Cake of Old Parliament House” – Rob Chalmers · Democracy, History, Politics

Prior to the Chifley Government introducing proportional representation, the system that existed from 1919 gave the winner of the most votes in any State all the Senate seats for that State. Hence, occasionally one side of politics held all the Senate seats. Proportional representation has given smaller parties and independents a chance of winning Senate […]

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