By Narelle Miragliotta, Anika Gauja, Rodney Smith
Political events have continually been primary to Australia's consultant democracy. As businesses, besides the fact that, their persisted centrality and durability rely on their skill to reply to altering political, social, and technological conditions, comparable to declining degrees of club and partisan association, and the increase of social media. This quantity - the 1st e-book devoted to Australian political events in approximately a decade - brings jointly a few of the top students of Australian politics to envision the evolving position and relevance of political events at the present time. Chapters discover the range of Australian events' organizational preparations, the modern demanding situations they face, and the associations that form their habit. The contributions inform a narrative of edition via the Australian events in the course of a time of flux, one that means that occasion corporations might be crucial to Australian political existence for particularly your time but. *** Librarians: e-book on hand on ProQuest and EBSCO (Series: Politics) [Subject: Politics, Australian stories]
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Former leader Doug Anthony publicly decried the ‘plague of political madness’ flowing out of Queensland (Age 3 March 1987). To cut a very long story short,2 the Queensland National Party MPs and Senators, under threat of losing their pre-selections, withdrew from the coalition on 28 April 1987 and it collapsed as a consequence. Prime Minister Bob Hawke took advantage of this unprecedented disharmony within the National Party and the coalition by calling a double dissolution for 11 July 1987 at which the Labor government increased its majority in the House of Representatives.
13 The ALP: Democracy, Oligarchy or Polyarchy? The mass party supposedly assists the process of mass democracy by giving citizens the means by which they can become representatives in a legislature. This is precisely the ‘linkage’ role that political parties are expected to play in a representative democracy. Social democratic mass parties extend the idea of democracy into their own organisations, so that the parliamentary wings of such parties are connected to the mass membership. Yet ever since such parties began to form, successive observers have noted the limits to internal democracy.
Party reform seems to be prompted only by dire electoral performance (see ‘Party Reviews and Organisational Reform’ by Barry). Problems such as a moribund membership, an underutilised policy development apparatus, and a narrow fundraising base will continue to fester. The way that the Liberal Party is structured should place it in a sound position given changes to party organisation in Australia and around the world in recent decades. Labor’s more pragmatic approach to both policy and organisation may have provided electoral dividends, but has left a moribund membership and ongoing agonising over the party’s values.