Malcolm Turnbull has reasserted this week that the Liberal Party needs to be in the ‘sensible centre’.
While a lot of people just shrug impatiently at insider politics, a substantial number have turned to 'outsider' players.
Malcolm Turnbull’s speech reminded his Liberal colleagues that he has not stolen the party and his leadership is legitimately Liberal.
Malcolm Turnbull's claim that Robert Menzies' party was meant to be one of the 'sensible centre' has some validity – but it may also be that that centre has shifted significantly, too.
The reference to Tony Abbott in his London speech gave Malcolm Turnbull some body armour.
It’s passing strange when Eric Abetz, the navy-blue conservative sacked from the ministry by Malcolm Turnbull, is out defending a prime ministerial speech on the Liberal Party’s history and positioning…
In political terms, the Howard government faced little opposition to the Northern Territory Intervention.
The Northern Territory Intervention implemented coercive measures that would have been unthinkable in other, non-Indigenous communities.
At a demonstration, Faith Bandler (right) and her daughter Lilon (2R) appeal to national unity as grounds for constitutional amendment.
Aboriginal Studies Press
The 1967 referendum was the culmination of a long struggle for both Aboriginal rights and respect, for social esteem as well as equality before the law.
For almost all of its cumbersome history, the British Empire was a very ramshackle affair.
Australia ingratiating itself into a post-Brexit, British-instigated Anglosphere would be a futile exercise in counterproductive nostalgia.
Painting the 1967 referendum as a ‘success’ in terms of effective reform for Aboriginal people is problematic.
The 1967 referendum fell far short in giving people what they thought they were voting for, and in giving Aboriginal people what they wanted from it.
Theresa May is at the helm of a more global post-Brexit Britain.
The concept of 'the Anglosphere' gained in importance after the Brexit referendum as an alternative to the EU – and it could now impact Anglo nations, like Australia.
The MV Tampa rescued 438 asylum seekers from a stricken boat in the waters between Indonesia and Australia.
The Tampa incident in 2001 has formed the underlying basis of the approach to asylum seekers attempting to reach Australia by boat ever since.
The Hawke Labor government had a strong incentive to seek a new approach to industrial relations when it came to office.
National Archives of Australia
The Prices and Incomes Accord was a series of agreements between Labor and the ACTU where unions would moderate their wage demands in exchange for improvements in the 'social wage'.
Gough Whitlam speaks to reporters after being dismissed as prime minister.
National Archives of Australia
The Dismissal soured politicians’ taste for brinkmanship. It revealed the likely consequence of a loss of political legitimacy.
B.A. Santamaria (left) played a significant role in the Labor split and the formation of the Democratic Labor Party.
Viewed from today’s post-Cold War and secularised society, the conflicts at heart of the Labor split appear curiously arcane. Yet its ghosts remain.
Barnaby Joyce and Scott Morrison have channelled 1940s-era debates in their comments on housing affordability.
It's not the first time Australia has grappled with concerns about affordable housing. History offers insights that can help inform contemporary debates and policies.
The Australian delegation to the International Woman Suffrage Alliance Congress in Rome, 1923.
National Library of Australia
The suffragists who gained women the right to vote offer a model of Australia’s role in the world that remains as important as ever.
Robert Menzies knew the Liberal Party would never be able to govern in its own right.
The formation of the Liberal-National coalition significantly changed Australian politics. But the Nationals' influence has waned as Australia has become more urbanised.
The ‘White Australia’ ideology was commercialised and used to sell things from soaps and games to pineapple slices.
Multicultural Research Library
While contemporary Australia is proud of its multicultural status, the White Australia policy shows this wasn't always the case.
The British parliament passed the Commonwealth of Australia Constitution Act in 1900.
Museum of Australian Democracy
Australia's Constitution is a product of foreign and domestic political influences. It has become one of the enduring aspects of Australian politics and law, for better and worse.
A new book tells a detailed story of how policy decisions about pokies are actually made.
In Tasmania, a changing cast of actors has colluded to grant extreme riches to a single family, extracted in large part from the state’s most disadvantaged citizens.
Should government perform any tasks listed in the Yellow Pages?
Governments have come to realise that no one sector acting alone has the capacity or capability to solve complex social policy problems.
Malcolm Turnbull often claims Australia is the world’s most successful multicultural nation.
The government's multicultural statement stays fairly much in the place where rhetoric around the issue has been located for the past generation – social control and integration.