Australian Politics For Dummies

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Understand the Australian political system and make your votecount

Get to grips with the good, the bad and the ugly of Australianpolitics! Whether you're a seasoned political punter or a votingnovice, this is your essential guide to understanding politics inAustralia. Master the ins and outs of elections, parties andpolicies, and learn to discuss the big issues in no time. You haveto vote — now learn whyand how.

  • Decipher political terminology — clear explanations of thehouses of parliament, voting systems and more

  • Learn how Australia's political system evolved — howWestminster and Washington were combined to produce'Washminster'

  • Appreciate parliamentary roles — what the Whips do andjust what the Usher of the Black Rod is

  • Find out who holds the purse strings — how federal andstate governments work out who pays for what

  • Understand how political parties work — the differencesbetween Labor and Liberal, and what coalition politics is

  • Discover what's meant by the balance of power — how minorparties and independents contribute to politics

  • Determine how your vote is counted — the differencebetween preferential voting and proportional representation

  • Work out the media's role — how the media reports,interprets and sways political outcomes

Open the book and find:

  • Key points about past and current political hot topics

  • Explanations of the Australian Constitution, including thecrisis of 1975

  • Plans of the houses of parliament so you know who sits where

  • Analysis of how the major Australian political parties cameabout

  • A concise description of the electoral pendulum

  • Graphic descriptions of the different ballot papers

  • A comprehensive glossary of political terms and jargon

Learn to:

  • Identify what makes the Australianpolitical system tick

  • Distinguish between the differentpolitical parties

  • Understand the influence of the media in Australian politics

  • Cast your vote with confidence

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About the author

Nick Economou is a leading expert in political science. Heis a senior lecturer at Monash University, and a respected authorand media commentator.

Zareh Ghazarian also lectures at Monash, has receivedawards for his research and teaching, and contributes to media andpublic debate.

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Aug 20, 2010
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