Australians coalesced around a strong federal government during the second world war. In recent decades, however, the states have taken primacy in people’s lives.
Click through a timeline to make sense of Australia’s long, tumultuous years of shifting climate policies ahead of next month’s international climate summit in Glasgow.
Political biographies show us who is ‘worthy’ of being written about … and who is overlooked in history.
Only one American president – Grover Cleveland – has lost reelection and then won back his office.
The elections of 1876, 1888, 1960 and 2000 were among the most contentious in American history.
For centuries, people largely read politicians’ words. But with the advent of radio, the ability of politicians to engage and entertain became crucial components of their candidacies.
Donald Trump claims to the the law-and-order candidate and accuses his rival of being “lax on security”. Joe Biden’s legislative record proves such accusations to be false.
In the 1820s, an anti-Masonic conspiracy theory dominated politics in the Northeast and even birthed its own political party.
Australia’s island identity and attitude to border security was forged from handling pandemics since the time of federation. Here’s what we’ve learned along the way.
Many of Menzies’s ideas and values were old fashioned by the time he left office in 1966, but his legacy shapes the political debate in other ways.
Parkes is known as the ‘Father of Federation’. His tireless championing of a united Australia brought the colonies together and set them on a course for nationhood.
Could defiance of court orders at the highest level undermine the Constitution’s authority in the eyes of American citizens?
Donald Trump likes to poke fun too.
History is replete with examples of what happens when the idea of a nation being humiliated is allowed to fester.
No one is saying she has done a stellar job, but other prime ministers have made mistakes like May.
The Labour split may cause electoral problems, but it could also prompt fresh thinking.
If we don’t, we risk missing what’s really important.
The recent elections in Tasmania, South Australia and the byelection in Batman have left an impression that the advance of the minor parties has stalled. This is not necessarily the case.
Peter Dutton’s call for ‘civilised nations’ to rescue white South African farmers draws explicitly on a long history of equating civilisation with a global white identity.
The reality is that Bill Shorten is, in many ways, a garden-variety centre-left leader.