Australian Politics

  1. “Parliamentarians, naturally responsive to the wishes and demands of the majority in the community, are sometimes not well placed to uphold individual or minority rights.” (Chief Justice Murray Gleeson, 1999). Discuss.
  2. For the ALP to survive as a significant political force in Australia, it must reject inner city progressivism and return to its core values of protecting working people and the poor. Discuss.
  3. Proportional electoral systems such as that used to elect the Australian Senate are fairer and far more effective than Majoritarian systems. Discuss.
  4. Is coalition government a blessing or a poisoned chalice for the National Party? Does the party have a future in Australian politics?
  5. The 2016 federal election clearly demonstrated the Australian Greens have peaked. They have little prospect of becoming a third force in Australian politics and their fate will mirror that of the Australian Democrats. Discuss.
  6. ‘The Liberal Party of the great centrist, Menzies, is failing in the centre…It is riven by ideological factions, personality cults and power struggles.’ (Barnes, 2017). Discuss.
  7. The success of independent and minor party parliamentary members at the federal level in recent years is a blight on Australian democracy, rendering effective government almost impossible. Discuss.
  8. Federal politics in Australia has adopted what might almost be described as a ‘coup culture’ in recent years with four sitting prime ministers sacked by their own parties. How might this leadership instability be explained?

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