By Jackie Dickenson, Robert Corcoran
From barbecue-stopper to washminster, chardonnay socialist to xenophobia, A Dictionary of Australian Politics is a finished and vigorous consultant to Australian political language. With convenient "quick grab" definitions, it really is supported via in-depth motives of the historical past and utilization of vital phrases. For somebody drawn to politics, this can be an authoritative and enjoyable reference. it's uniquely Australian, bringing jointly a number of political phrases and expressions that through the years have entered the vernacular. it is usually foreign phrases that are necessary to political discourse.
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It should be distinguished from the guillotine. [filibuster, guillotine] coalition A combination of political parties in parliament, while each party retains its separate identity In federal politics, the Liberal Party and the National Party consistently join together in coalition whether as the government or the opposition. Conservative coalitions also occur in state politics. Partners in a coa lition must make compromises on policy and in the choice of ministers or shadow ministers. Coalition, the The combination of the Liberal Party and the National Party in government and in opposition is often referred to as ‘the Coalition’ Such an arrangement is reached to provide a workable non-Labor government or opposition.
Indd 33 13/11/09 1:34 PM 34 classes right to influence government. Responsibilities of citizens include taking an interest in the government and its services. Civic rights and also civic responsibilities are not only those that are defined by law, such as payment of taxes, but include many that are traditional and depend on a sense of community and fair play. [civic participation, civil liberties] classes Groups within a community identified by various criteria such as influence, wealth, social status, education or occupation Traditional English terms, sometimes used in Australia, include ‘upper class’, ‘middle class’ and ‘working class’.
Factions—Australian Labor Party] Centre Unity (faction) A strong faction within the Australian Labor Party in New South Wales, with considerable influence in federal politics It is also referred to as the New South Wales Right. Although widely regarded as belonging to the right wing of the ALP, its members maintain that Centre Unity members differ widely in their opinions on political policy. In the Federal parliament its members usually join forces with likeminded MPs from other states, such as the Labor Unity faction members from Victoria.
A Dictionary of Australian Politics by Jackie Dickenson, Robert Corcoran