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7 Jul 2016

With the slogan of "all the way with LBJ", Australia's 17th prime minister Harold Holt (1966-67) of the Liberal Party controversially expanded Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War in support of the United States.

The country's 25th prime minister from the same side of...

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29 Jun 2016

What's your vote worth?

According to the Australian Electoral Commission, it's worth 262.784 cents. That's what it will pay parties and candidates for each vote when vote shares in a House of Representatives seat, or a state in respect of the Senate, exceeds a...

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28 Jun 2016

If you need some cheering up, or some reassurance that it's not all a waste of time, or indeed even the tiniest scrap of evidence that the entire democratic world isn't sliding helplessly into a morass of property-developer-electing, compulsively-Brexiting kneejerk nationalism, try thinking about July...

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23 Jun 2016

Parakeelia. Sounds like an exotic and colourful member of the parrot species, but it's a bird of prey.

Its activities have not yet achieved the attention they deserve because, when one says "politicians' entitlements" and "political funding disclosure" in the same sentence, the national...

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23 Jun 2016

The message is already clear: huge sections of the population in both the UK and the US have unambiguously stated their preference for nativism and global retreat. For the first time in our history, Australia can no longer take for granted the certainty of a...

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