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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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Will the changes to the NSW ICAC reduce its effectiveness?

The NSW government is putting through changes to ICAC, they claim its to make it more effective but it can also look like its because ICAC has been too effective at finding problems with the party. ...
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What are the changes being made to the NSW ICAC (Independent commission against corruption)

There are some apparently controversial changes being made to ICAC(https://www.icac.nsw.gov.au/) in New South Wales there is more comment about the motivations than the substance what are the changes ...
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Why was there a swing against the nationals in the NSW Orange by election (2016)?

In the 2016 orange by election there was a swing against the nationals. From what I've seen so far the main two issues mentioned are the greyhound racing bans and the forced council mergers, are there ...
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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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What does 'robust political insult' mean?

Source: p 5. Rhetoric: A Very Short Introduction (1 ed, 2013) by Richard Toye. In particular, it is important to be sensitive to differences in political systems—giving a speech in the British ...
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Has there ever been a situation in a modern Westminster parliament where there have been more independents than members of the second largest party?

Has there ever been a situation where a modern Westminster parliament (national/federal/state/provincial) has ended up with more independent lower house MPs than MPs belonging to the second-largest ...
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Nuclear energy in Australia

Why is Australia not considering nuclear energy? Is the coal industry a key factor to nuclear energy not being considered?
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How did the liberal party win when labor party has more votes?

Looking at the results of the Australian 2016 federal election, Liberal Party won by winning the decisive 76 seats in the House of Representatives. What I don't get is why did they win when under the ...
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What percentage of Australians earn the average wage or higher?

We are told the average wage in Australia is around 70k (To be confirmed) what percentage earn that. I could not find it on the ABS site http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/5673.0.55.003#...
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What special powers does cabinet have in Australia?

A serving member getting a position in cabinet is often talked about in the media. What does it actually mean?
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What is required to form government in a Hung Parliament?

The Australian 2016 federal election could be a hung parliament http://vtr.aec.gov.au/HouseDefault-20499.htm. If it is a hung parliament what steps are required to form government for one of the ...
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In the context of Brexit, what's referred to by calling for an Australian-style points system?

I've heard from the Remain camp that the Leave camp has called for introducing an Australian-style points system for immigration. I have a basic understanding of what a points-based system is - ...
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Australian Head of State

Under the Australian Constitution, who will become Australia's Head of State if the British monarchy is suddenly dissolved or overthrown and Britain becomes a republic?
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How do Australian Upper House / Senate elections work?

The upper house sheet has a lot more candidates than the lower house and they tend to have more variety in terms of which parties get elected. Also of the many people on the ballot paper how many of ...
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What does the Australian constitution specify about the mechanism of voting

As far as I know most voting systems in Australia are based on a seat based preferential system. Also that there is variation in exactly how this works between states. What part of the voting system ...
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Where can I find who I'll be choosing from in my electorate (Australia)?

Before voting day I would like to know who the candidates are in my electorate. Where can I find that information? I've looked at the AEC (Australian Electoral Commission) website but cannot find ...
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Are change to Superannuation retrospective?

Bill Shorten (Australian Labor Party) claims that the changes to superannuation (2016) are retrospective. Is this really the case if so how / why? The QandA episode this statement was made in http://...
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In what way are the Liberal party of Australia trying to privatise medicare

At the moment (June 2016) the Australian Labour Party are running a campaign (tv mostly) claiming the Liberals are trying to privatise medicare. What are the actual plans or events that point towards ...
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What did Peter Dutton (Federal Member for Dickson) say in a radio inteview that was said to be offensive towards refugees?

Recently (May 2016) the federal member for Dickson, Peter Dutton, was in a radio interview where he was accused of claiming that refugees were unemployable and would take our jobs at the same time. ...
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If no one can form government, which seats are voted on?

In Australia, if after an election no party can form a government, either by themselves or by coalition, another vote must be called. I understand that all the lower house seats are up for grabs, but ...
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Why was Malcolm Turnbull (Prime Minister of Australia) named in the Panama Papers?

It has been reported that Malcolm Turnbull was in the Panama Papers. What records did he have and what was he using their services for. http://www.afr.com/news/politics/malcolm-turnbull-named-in-...
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Why has Malcolm Turnbull called a double dissolution election (May 2016)?

Malcolm Turnbull (Australian PM) has just called a double dissolution election. I understand why he can, but I don't understand why he would want to. If the polls showed the Liberals well ahead I can ...
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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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What is a double dissolution election (Australia)

Double dissolution elections are talked about in the media. What are they and how do they differ from normal elections?
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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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How to defeat politicians like Donald Trump or Pauline Hanson [closed]

What tactics work and do not work against populist politicians who are anti-immigration, anti-establishment, and generally regarded (at least by left-wingers) as right-wing? It sometimes seems like ...
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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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Why does Victoria prohibit sex work ads from mentioning ethnicity?

From Sex worker group Vixen Collective disappointed by Victorian regulation review: The changes also now allow advertisements to "contain references to the race, colour or ethnic origin, in ...
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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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Could a politician be conscripted during the Vietnam war (Australia)?

During the Vietnam War in Australia, there was conscription. I'm just wondering whether under that system of conscription whether a politician, assuming they were otherwise eligible, could be ...
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What causes the 2 Party System (Australia) [duplicate]

In Australian Politics, why is the parliament only ever controlled by either a Labour or Liberal party? Is it possible for a minority party to be elected? i.e. could we have a Family First Prime ...
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Is Tasmanian Style, and Optional Preferential Voting the same thing?

I was recently at a NFP's AGM (Not For Profit's Annual General Meeting). An election for 3 members of the board was carried out. (Board of 9, each with 3 year term, staggered such that 3 come up for ...
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Does a newly elected Member of Parliment in an Australian State need to resign from their prior commitments?

Queensland is about to have a State Election. For an individual to put themself forward as a candidate, they need either the support of 6 enrolled voters or the support of a registered party. If ...
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What caused the sarcastically used title “Minister for Women” to be used against Abbott?

I hear the phrase "Minister for Women" being used sarcastically about Abbott. What caused this title to be used for him? The wikipedia article Minister for Women (Australia) mentions that the title ...
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Online data on Australian politician votes

I am not intimately familiar with the political process of voting on bills and reporting on results of votes, but I'm wondering: When politicians vote on bills in parliament, is information about the ...
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What is the historical composition by party of Australian parliament (HOR & Senate)?

I know from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Senate#Historical what the composition the senate has been, but I would also like to know how many seats were for each member of the Coalition, and ...
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Why does the new Australian Senate first sit so late?

I don't quite understand why the new Senate does not come into effect until 1 July, operating with the previous election's results, when the new House of Representatives sits almost immediately after ...
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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 savings....
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In Australia, what does the term “Big polluters” mean?

In Australia, does the term "Big Polluters" have any specific meaning? Here's an example of the phrase being used: The Dinosaurs, by The Climate Institute Right now, big polluters have to pay for ...
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When will the Australian Senate vote on the 2014 budget?

This question is quiet specific. When will the Australia Senate debate and vote on the 2014 budget? Further, where/how can I find out this information in general? I assume somewhere a agenda is ...
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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 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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Is there such a thing as a single dissolution?

In Australia, there is the possibility that we may face a double dissolution in the Federal Parliament because one of the taxes that Tony Abbott promised to abolish was knocked back in the Senate. I ...
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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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Could the Australian Government be denied funding in the same way that happened in the USA?

Recently there has been a lot of news about the US Debt Crisis. Could something similar happen in Australia, for example if the senate refused to pass legislation allowing the government to spend ...
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How does one get pre selected to be a member of the Australian Senate

What is the process that a person has to go through to be on the Australian senate ballot sheet? Is it any more difficult to do so independently?
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What does it mean when a party has a mandate?

In the media I hear politicians say things such as "we have a mandate" and "the opposition has a mandate". What exactly does it mean when a particular party of government has a mandate?
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How did Australia wind up with a two-party system?

Currently in Australia, there are two major parties: The Australian Labor Party and the Australian Liberal Party (which ironically is a conservative party. Currently in Australia it is simply not ...
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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[...