Award-winning Hemelbesem is a black Afrikaans hip-hop artist.
Afrikaans is very much a black language. The apartheid government's ploy to construct it as a "white language", with a "white history", denied the commonality of the language across race and class.
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.
Nationals MP George Christensen has resigned as the party’s chief whip.
The controversial Nationals MP has resolved the conflict between being the party's chief disciplinarian and its chief rebel by resigning.
Students march at South Africa’s Stellenbosch University in 2015. They were seeking a legal right to be taught in English rather than Afrikaans.
Next year South Africa’s Stellenbosch University will celebrate its centenary. A recent conference to discuss the anniversary has reminded everyone present that knowledge is a fickle mistress.
Celebrating his one-year anniversary of becoming National Party leader and Deputy Prime Minister, Barnaby Joyce is well aware of the challenge posed by One Nation.
WA Premier Colin Barnett faces a battle to retain office after the March 11 state election.
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While the Liberals' decision to preference One Nation on how-to-vote cards might be expedient in the short term, it could seriously cost them if they are returned to power.
Gladys Berejiklian was elected unopposed to lead the NSW Liberal Party and become the state’s next premier.
Gladys Berejiklian becomes NSW premier with a great deal of experience, but she needs to overcome several problems – internal and external – to arrest sliding polls.
Malcolm Turnbull prides himself on being a pragmatist. There is a significant if fine line between pragmatism and buckling.
Despite briefly being able to dine out on the legislation passed before parliament wound up last week, Malcolm Turnbull is headed to a not-very-happy Christmas.
Earlier this week, footage aired of George Brandis speculating that Queensland's Liberal National Party might demerge. But Barnaby Joyce says this won't happen.
Victorian senator Bridget McKenzie was one of two Nationals to cross the floor in support of a motion to disallow the import ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun.
Two Nationals crossed the floor and four others failed to vote on a motion from Liberal Democrat David Leyonhjelm to disallow the import ban on the Adler lever-action shotgun.
George Brandis has made a blunt assessment of his Queensland state LNP colleagues.
The Government leader in the Senate, George Brandis, has described the Queensland opposition as "very, very mediocre" and warned One Nation is likely to win "quite a few" seats at the state election.
Former Constitutional Court judge, Albie Sachs.
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The making of South Africa's Constitution took six long years. Now, 20 years later, the process of drawing up this revered document is being tainted with myth making.
Nelson Mandela came to power in 1994 with a promise to redress historical in equalities in South Africa.
South Africa has made remarkable progress in redressing its historically and mainly race based deprivations but a lot still needs to be done.
Malcolm Turnbull during a tour of the University of Tasmania.
Is Malcolm Turnbull at risk of finding himself in a similar situation to Julia Gillard, with a disillusioned public settling into a negative view that transcends achievements of the moment?
Barnaby Joyce will replace Warren Truss as Nationals leader and deputy prime minister.
Under new leader Barnaby Joyce, the Nationals – the most-successful minor party in Australia’s political history – will pretty much continue to be treated as the Akubra wing of the Liberals.
New South Wales Premier Mike Baird looks likely to keep enjoying the view from the top of the state after the March 28 poll.
With just a day of campaigning left in the New South Wales election, the result is already clear. Mike Baird's government will be re-elected – but the battle for 21 upper house seats will be crucial.
John Key’s government has been returned for a third term and, remarkably, his National Party increased its vote for the fourth election in a row.
New Zealand’s centre-right National Party won the general election with an unprecedented boost on Saturday. Going for a third term in office, National increased its share of the party vote in the proportional…
The Australian Coalition arrangement is set apart from coalitions elsewhere by its ongoing nature, even in opposition, and the fact that the parties go into elections with a common election platform.
Much has been made of the ‘unusual’ nature of the minority Labor government over the past three years and there has been a sense that Australia is better off without it; that we need a return to the stability…
Western Australian National leader Brendon Grylls speaks at a press conference in Perth on September 14 2008.
Arguably the most intriguing electoral contest in the Western Australian state election on March 9 is the Pilbara. The leader of the Western Australian Nationals, Brendon Grylls – architect of the multi-billion…
A river at Cubbie Station, southwest Queensland, in 2004.
Until the recent bid from a Chinese-Japanese consortium Shandong RuYi for megafarm Cubbie Station, it appeared the property would limp along under locally-based administration. But then the opportunity…