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.
I was very active in the anti-apartheid movement in Melbourne from the late 1960s to mid-1970s. I lived and breathed ‘red’ politics back then. In 2010, I wrote to Nelson Mandela, to share memories of the struggle.
Verging on another federal election, it is as good a time as any to ask ‘why do we have elections?’
Did you know, there was another Dismissal, decades before Sir John Kerr sacked Gough Whitlam? On this day, 13 May, 1932, Governor Sir Philip Game sacked Jack Lang as Premier of New South Wales.
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?
The Museum of Australian Democracy at Old Parliament House is proud to announce the winner of our special category – ‘Democracy’ in the 2015 National History Challenge, Lauren Park from Pymble Ladies’ College.
Alf Stafford, a Gamilaroi and Darug man, joined the Commonwealth Transport Department in 1937. Over a 35 career, Stafford drove countless politicians, among them opposition leaders and 11 prime ministers, including Robert Menzies during his two stints as prime minister.
On this day a century ago, the Easter Rising in Dublin renewed the struggle for Irish independence. What impact did this have on Australia, and what were its ramifications for Australian democracy and society?
The museum’s latest exhibition, Memories of the Struggle: Australians against Apartheid, opens to the public next Wednesday 27 April when it is launched by former prime minister, Bob Hawke.
A ‘double dissolution’ is a constitutional mechanism that allows a government to overcome the blocking power of the Senate by going to an election in which both Houses are up for grabs.
On this day in 1939, Australia lost its beloved prime minister. Joe Lyons’ death saw the elevation of Bob Menzies, and the alienation of Earle Page.
In this edited excerpt, Russell Schneider recalls the ‘Confessional’ chair of legendary political journalist, Alan Reid.
What does a crime writer look for at the Museum of Australian Democracy? Where exactly does one find crime in the Old Parliament House—a real blood and murder type crime as opposed to the political variety?
Twenty years ago, the Australian Parliament established the Joint Standing Committee on Treaties with a view to improving the openness and transparency of the treaty-making process in Australia. What is the relationship between Australia’s sovereignty and international treaty commitments?
With the recent changes to the Senate voting system, our researcher Campbell examines how things have been in the past and how the way we vote has changed over the years.
Prime Ministerial Chiefs of Staff have gone from backroom figures largely unknown to the public to making the headlines of the national media. They have even been described as ‘the hidden face of power’. But what is their actual role?
Pause at Old Parliament House after dark during Enlighten this weekend and you may see an expanse of somber, sepia-toned faces staring back at you.
Wondering what the Old Parliament House Enlighten 2016 projections mean? This handy guide gives you the low-down on the Old Parliament House Enlighten projections and what they signify.
On this day in 1971, the ‘jack of all trades’ ascended unexpectedly to the prime ministership.
Fifty years ago, on 9th March 1966, Hubert Opperman, the Minister for Immigration in the Coalition government led by Prime Minister Harold Holt, initiated immigration reforms that led to the final abolition of the White Australia policy seven years later.