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Are there some statistics on the political affiliation of NESBs?

Non-English speaking background (NESB) is a demographic category often encountered in Australian publications. Are there statistics on the political party affiliation of NESBs (membership or just whom ...
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Is anti-Islam sentiment predominantly associated with more traditional nationalities in Australia?

In Australia, is anti-Islam sentiment predominantly associated with people who have, or are descended from, nationalities more traditionally associated with Australia, such as the UK, Ireland, and ...
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How is the US-China trade war viewed in Australia?

A pretty good question on econ.SE has highlighted the close relationship between the Australian and Chinese economies. So, I wonder, how is the US-China trade war viewed in Australia, at a political ...
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What is the smallest margin an Australian Federal or State seat has ever been won by?

What's the smallest difference between the winner and the next party in any state or federal election in Australia. Interested in both percentage and absolute count.
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The LNP won the election, but lost my district. Do they still follow through on what my local representative said they'd do if they won?

The LNP won the election, but lost my district. The promises that my LNP representative made, are they still going to happen, even though he lost?
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How can I determine how and who legislates drug laws?

I would like to know what process is involved in justifying the prohibition and or control of a substance and how this varies from country to country. For example, opiate based pain killers are a ...
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Why should public servants be apolitical?

The High Court of Australia has recently ruled in Comcare v. Banerji which was a test case that revealed the limits of the implied freedom of speech in Australia. A public servant, Michaela Banerji, ...
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Why do Australians want to remain under British monarchy?

If I am not wrong they once voted against being a republic country some years ago. I understand Australians and feel sympathy for them about that they are different from some other countries which ...
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In Australia, do Rupert Murdoch's publications deny anthropogenic climate change?

In Australia, do networks and publications owned by Rupert Murdoch, generally deny or down play the impacts of human actions on climate change? If so, what are some major cases where they advocated ...
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How much have carbon-based industries invested in anti-climate-change lobbying in Australia?

There are reports that oil, coal and gas industries in America have invested more than half a billion dollars on lobbying against acting on climate change. In Australia there are more than 540 '...
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Why do Australian states have different rules for senate voting to the federal government?

There seems to be a difference in rules for voting for the states and the federal government in Australia. For example, in the state of Victoria, you only have to enter 1 preference in the top line on ...
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Did the preferences from Clive Palmers United Australia Party allow the liberals to win the 2019 federal election

Clive Palmer did not win one seat for his 80m campaign but did the preferences deal with the liberals result in the liberals winning the overall election. E.g. for the electorates where liberals won ...
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Is it common practice for foreign warships to dock in Australian ports without being announced to the public?

This article describes how some Chinese military vessels docked in Australia without being pre-announced to the public. It's getting attention because these are Chinese warships and it's close to ...
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How many extra votes does a party receive by being number 1 on the senate ticket in Australia

There is an understanding that if a party is number 1 on the senate ticket they will pick up extra votes from people who aren't serious and just number from the left. Has this been studied and if so ...
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What caused the gap between the opinion polls and the election result in the Australian Federal 2019 election?

Leading up to the 2019 election, the polls suggested a Labor win, but they lost. What was the cause of the difference? I realize it may take some time before a good answer is available.
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Why does it take so long to count the last 30% of votes in an Australian federal election?

I've noticed over several federal elections in Australia that around 70% of the votes are counted on election night. However, it then takes days, sometimes weeks to count the remaining 30% of the ...
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What drawbacks are there in preferential voting? [duplicate]

I recently discovered that Australia uses the preferential voting system. It looks like a great system, so great that I do not see any immediate drawbacks. What are they?
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How does someone in Australia get access to a list of Politicians meetings?

In the report "Who is in the room? Access and influence in Australian Politics" the report talks about numbers of meetings with ministers which implies that the list of meetings is somehow accessible. ...
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What measures exist to impose budget-like changes without passing through the Australian senate?

In this article is says: Treasurer Joe Hockey has warned the Labor Party and the Greens to pass tough budget measures through the Senate or the government will find other ways to push through ...
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What have been the largest hostile cross-benches in Australian senate / house of review history?

The Australian federal Senate is a house of review, elected from multiple member state electorates. It is usually comprised of a Government (often in minority), an Opposition (in lesser minority), ...
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Why is the speaker of the House of Representatives an MP?

The Speaker of the House of Representatives (Australia) is currently Bronwyn Bishop and there was, the other day, some issues raised over her bias. This led me to pose the question - why is the ...
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How can an Australian Senator be removed from office?

There's currently a change.org petition calling for the removal of Fraser Anning from the Australian Senate. Accepting that a change.org petition is merely indicative, and ignoring the specific ...
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How much of an influence did Port Arthur have on New Zealand?

New Zealand has announced it will change its gun laws in the wake of the massacre against attendees of two mosques. As an Australian, I’m surprised that New Zealand didn’t change its laws after the ...
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Equivalent to government shutdown in parliamentary systems

Given the recent government shutdown in the US, there have been a lot of related questions here wondering about the possibility of it happening in the UK, Australia, and so on. In general, the ...
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What is motivating the Australian government to recognise West Jerusalem as Israel's capital? [closed]

In a speech, Scott Morrison Australia current serving prime minister has been indicating that Australia will recognise West Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and eventually move the embassy there. ...
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Term for the trend where a political party does worse in State elections when holding power Federally

In Australia it's well-known (see, for example, here) that a party that holds power at Federal level will - all other things being equal - tend to hold a disadvantage in State elections. Similarly, ...
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Why did John Bercow nominate an Australian senate official to be the Clerk of the House?

In 2014 why did John Bercow, Speaker of the House of Commons, nominate an Australian senate official to be the Clerk of the House? The Clerk of the House of Commons is a constitutional advisor, it ...
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Is Wentworth particularly pro-Israel, and why?

I’ve read speculation that the current Australian PM has made some pro-Israel statements recently because there’s a by-election in the seat of Wentworth, because the seat is about ten or fifteen ...
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Do aboriginal Australians value the acknowledgement of country speeches

Before many formal presentations often that have some connection with the government there is a formal acknowledgement of the traditional owners of the area and the tribe. This is usually in the ...
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Why was excluding Australian Aboriginal populations from the Race Power considered racist?

Section 51(xxvi) of the Australian Constitution originally read, The people of any race, other than the aboriginal race in any State, for whom it is deemed necessary to make special laws: I hope ...
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How did the introduction of the GST affect state budgets in Australia

I've often wondered if the fact that the states are more willing to sell off infrastructure to raise funds is connected to the introduction of the GST in 2000. Now, as I understand it, the GST ...
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What international relations is Australia missing out on by being a constitutional monarchy?

For my debate, I have to argue in favour of Australia being a republic. I'm planning on one of my points being that by still being a monarchy, Australia is missing out on multiple international ...
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How did so many Australian politicans recently win Parliamentary seats while unaware of or denying their second nationality?

Half a dozen Australian members of Parliament have resigned or are threatened with the need to do so after "discovering" that they are dual citizens, forbidden from serving (how surprising this truly ...
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Are Australian Federal Senators Bob Carr and Kim Carr related, or do they just have the same surname by coincidence?

I've tried to Google this question, but I haven't been able to find anything relevant, which suggests that it is just a coincidence, but I would have thought that surely someone else would be curious ...
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What changes are the Australian Labour Party proposing to negative gearing in 2016?

The proposed changes to negative gearing have received a lot of attention. Plenty of media and the labour party website does not get directly into the details. Party website http://www.alp.org.au/...
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Why did Australian Labor MP Khalil Eideh get denied entry to the USA?

Khalil Eideh is an Australian State (Victoria) Member of Parliament who was on an official trip studying drug policy and injecting rooms. When the group was to travel from Canada to the USA he was ...
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Why does the Australian Labor Party spell use the American spelling instead of the Australian spelling?

Australia uses British English for their spelling, which spells labour as in physical work, with a "u", where the Australian Labor Party spells it without a "u".This is in contrast to the British ...
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Was Australian Labor loss due to internal party conflict?

One of commentors on a Slashdot article (somewhat tangentially to the question's topic, discussing a Liberal Democratic party Senate win) noted that the main reason Labor lost the nation-wide election[...
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Why aren't there any right wing versions of GetUp in Australia?

GetUp is a "grass roots" campaigning organisation that focuses on campaigns around "Social Justice", "Economic Fairness", "Ënvironmental Sustainability" which are topics usually associated with the ...
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How does the Australian Electoral Commission avoid partisan bias?

I was watching a Vox video on gerrymandering in Pennsylvania, and thought how lucky I am that gerrymandering is not generally considered to be much of a problem here in Australia. Some states had ...
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Can Australia join the Council of Europe?

In order to compete in the Eurovision Song Contest, a country has to be a member of the European Broadcasting Union, which requires being within the European Broadcasting Area, or being a member of ...
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Why UK, Canada, Australia and NZ would not want to build a free movement union like EU? [closed]

In modern world large economies have advantages (bargaining power, unified standards, and many more) and this is one of the main reasons why EU has been created. Now when Britain is leaving the EU ...
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Can foreign countries disqualify Australian candidates at will?

Could a country get their preferred candidates to win an Australian election by declaring all other candidates for that office citizens of that country, thereby making all those other candidates ...
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Is it practical to protest the same sex plebiscite with a ballot? [closed]

Is it practical to protest the same sex plebiscite, being held in Australia, using the ballot itself? I've heard people advocate glitter bombing, but I assume it'll mainly result in the people ...
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Why did Australia grant refugee visas to Syrians despite their extremely harsh immigration policies?

I've been recently surprised to find out that Australia apparently granted 12,000 visas to refugees from Syria: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced it has fulfilled it's 2015 pledge to ...
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Would Australia leaving ANZUS affect its Five Eyes benefits?

I'm preparing an oral presentation on whether or not Australia should leave ANZUS, but can't find much information regarding the effect the separation would have on the Five Eyes agreement. On the ...
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How did health care work before Australia had medicare?

Medicare is the Australian public healthcare system, what did Australia have before it existed.
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Why is there a gun amnesty in Australia? (2017)

There is currently a gun amnesty run by the federal government. What motivated the gun amnesty? Who motivated it? What is the objective? Is it likely to achieve the objective? How much is it likely ...
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Statistics on Australian non-voters who are actually sanctioned (fined or otherwise punished)

Voting is compulsory in Australia (source). Non-voters receive a letter, asking that they provide a valid and sufficient reason, or pay a A$20 penalty (source). Voter turnout in Australia is high, ...
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What are the views of different political parties on asylum seekers in Australia?

What are the views of different political parties on asylum seekers in Australia? (e.g. Labor, Liberal and Greens)