Pairing arrangements are entirely unofficial. Because they’re unofficial, they can be altered or ignored at the discretion of the members themselves, or the whips, or the party leaders.
On this day 108 years ago, a prime minister took a stand and invited some warships to visit Australia. Did he realise at the time what a monumental impact he would have on Australia’s place in the world?
The Rev. Dorothy McRae-McMahon looks back at her involvement in the Ecumenical Movement and anti-Apartheid in Sydney during the 1980s and 1990s.
Ever since Edwin Flack arrived back to a hero’s welcome in 1896, many of Australia’s Olympians have gone on to play an important part in public life. Some have tried their hand in government...
Whenever there is a very serious issue in our public life – especially when it involves possible illegal activity, impropriety or incompetence – there are calls for a royal commission to look into the matter.
With the election over, people are now analysing the very close result. The government’s very small majority is not unusual in Australian history, and plenty of elections have come down to the wire and shown a very close result. Our researcher Campbell has examined six of them.
Jane Harris tells the story of her involvement in the anti-apartheid movement and her late brother John, a member of the African Resistance Movement (ARM) during the 1960s.
To celebrate NAIDOC week, Libby has written a post about Indigenous artist Lin Onus and his series of works, The Ongoing Adventures of X and Ray.
Following on from Parts 1 and 2, in the final of this 3-part series our researcher Campbell explains what happens on polling day before and after you cast your vote.
As the election campaign wraps up, our researcher Campbell has unearthed some ephemeral items from our collection; things designed to be thrown away that have been preserved to tell us stories about past elections in Australia.
Arthur Calwell was shot fifty years ago today. He survived, but the story of his brush with death doesn’t end outside Mosman Town Hall; it is a story of a Catholic faith that never wavered even when looking death in the face.
We all know a democracy has an election, and we all go to our local school to vote every few years, and maybe grab a sausage. But what does an election entail? How do they come about and what happens when the prime minister announces one?
Part 2 of a series of 2 blogs on election rituals. This one concentrates on the act of voting and how people are tending to vote early instead of turning up to vote with their fellow citizens.
For Tom Carroll the Australian concept of the fair go didn't know and recognise geographic boundaries.
By 1984 Tom Carroll had serious misgivings about competing in Pro Surfing competition in South Africa. He considered the segregation of beaches abhorrent and could not see how it was fair that black people did not have the right to swim with everyone else.
Last week we welcomed early learners and their parents to PLAY UP for a special National Reconciliation Week event introducing museum items and activities to this small but mighty audience.
Every election you see people out in force wearing t-shirts to reflect their political colours and support their candidate of choice. Our researcher Campbell shows off some of the t-shirts in the museum collection and why they matter to our democracy.
Curator Angus Leendertz discusses the origins and development of the Memories of the Struggle exhibition.
Our election FAQ provides answers to 8 important questions about the federal election being held on 2 July.
A post about the life and work of Neville Bonner and how the museum remembers his contribution.
This election season, the Museum will be showing examples from its collection of how elections have been fought in Australian history. This week, our researcher Campbell examines ten badges that show aspects of historical election campaigns and what they mean for democracy.