A Dictionary of Australian Politics by Jackie Dickenson, Robert Corcoran

By Jackie Dickenson, Robert Corcoran

From barbecue-stopper to washminster, chardonnay socialist to xenophobia, A Dictionary of Australian Politics is a finished and energetic consultant to Australian political language. With convenient "quick grab" definitions, it really is supported by means of in-depth factors of the background and utilization of significant phrases. For a person drawn to politics, this can be an authoritative and exciting reference. it really is uniquely Australian, bringing jointly a number political phrases and expressions that through the years have entered the vernacular. it is also overseas phrases that are necessary to political discourse.

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Caretaker governments carry on the routine business of government, but they are expected to refrain from making important policy decisions. [deadlock (lack of a majority)] casting vote The vote of a presiding officer when the voting would otherwise be tied The rules relating to casting votes vary. For example, the Speaker of the House of Representatives does not normally vote, but does have a casting vote. The President of the Senate is permitted to vote in divisions, but does not have a casting vote.

Constitution of Australia, Federation] Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) The most significant government research organisation in Australia In its present form the CSIRO dates from 1949. Its predecessor, the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, was founded in 1926 and replaced the Institute of Science and Industry. The work of the CSIRO ranges over a wide field but is mainly directed to the needs of industry, including primary industry. indd 38 13/11/09 1:34 PM communism 39 communism A political ideology proposing a classless society and minimal private ownership There is much uncertainty and argument over the meaning of ‘communism’.

It is self-styled as ‘the leading independent public policy think tank within Australasia’ and has an offshoot in New Zealand. [market system, think tank] Centre Left (faction) A minor faction within the Australian Labor Party Formed in 1984, the Centre Left concentrated mainly on policy and decision-­making and was influential in the Hawke and Keating governments. Its significance has gradually declined. [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.

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