Since 1901, Australia has been governed as a parliamentary democracy represented by a federation of states under one federal government. The last federal election has brought renewed public focus on the electoral process. The rise of minor parties and independent politicians has shifted the balance of power as the major political parties and voters contend with a complex political landscape involving special interests and preference deals.
This book presents an overview of the structure and functions of Australia’s government, and explains how voting systems work. The book also explores a broad range of proposed federal electoral reforms. How can politics in this country be improved?
Chapter 1: The Australian political system
Chapter 2: Federal election reform issues
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