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Australian Politics For Dummies Paperback – 2 August 2010

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  • Publisher : For Dummies; 1st edition (2 August 2010)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 360 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1742169821
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1742169828
  • Dimensions : 18.95 x 2.67 x 23.62 cm
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From the Publisher

Nick Economou is a leading expert in political science. He is a senior lecturer at Monash University, and a respected author and media commentator.

Zareh Ghazarian also lectures at Monash, has received awards for his research and teaching, and contributes to media and public debate.

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Understand the Australian political system and make your vote count

Get to grips with the good, the bad and the ugly of Australian politics! Whether you're a seasoned political punter or a voting novice, this is your essential guide to understanding politics in Australia. Master the ins and outs of elections, parties and policies, and learn to discuss the big issues in no time. You have to vote ― now learn whyand how.

  • Decipher political terminology ― clear explanations of the houses of parliament, voting systems and more

  • Learn how Australia's political system evolved ― how Westminster and Washington were combined to produce 'Washminster'

  • Appreciate parliamentary roles ― what the Whips do and just what the Usher of the Black Rod is

  • Find out who holds the purse strings ― how federal and state governments work out who pays for what

  • Understand how political parties work ― the differences between Labor and Liberal, and what coalition politics is

  • Discover what's meant by the balance of power ― how minor parties and independents contribute to politics

  • Determine how your vote is counted ― the difference between preferential voting and proportional representation

  • Work out the media's role ― how the media reports, interprets and sways political outcomes

Open the book and find:

  • Key points about past and current political hot topics

  • Explanations of the Australian Constitution, including the crisis of 1975

  • Plans of the houses of parliament so you know who sits where

  • Analysis of how the major Australian political parties came about

  • A concise description of the electoral pendulum

  • Graphic descriptions of the different ballot papers

  • A comprehensive glossary of political terms and jargon

Learn to:

  • Identify what makes the Australianpolitical system tick

  • Distinguish between the differentpolitical parties

  • Understand the influence of the media in Australian politics

  • Cast your vote with confidence

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