politics [plural noun]
1. [usually treated as singular] the activities associated with the governance of a country or area, especially the debate between parties having power 2. the activities of governments concerning the political relations between states.
For information about government in Australia and the parliaments at State/Territory and Commonwealth levels, visit pages listed on the Government and Politics page.
This page looks at Australian politics. The Political Parties section provides connections to Australian political
parties at Commonwealth and State/Territory levels.
Note : the webmasters are simply providing links to information and are not in any way advocating any political viewpoint.
The Other Information section covers topics from blogs to political cartoons, Having Your Say to polling groups and even covers a few suggested electoral changes. A range of political portals are also included.
You are also referred to The Beginnings of Self-Government in Australia and the Nationalism and Federation pages which form part of the Australian History coverage. These provide a historical background to aspects of government and politics.
The listing does not cover every party in the Australian political spectrum. Major parties are listed first, with others being grouped in a separate listing.
- Australian Democrats ACT
- Australian Democrats - NSW Division
- Australian Democrats South Australia
- Australian Democrats - WA Division
- Queensland Democrats
- Victorian Democrats
Australian Labor Party
- Australian Labor Party
One of the two major political parties in Australia.
- ACT Labor Party
- NSW Labor
- Northern Territory ALP
- Queensland ALP
- South Australian ALP
- Tasmanian ALP
- Victorian ALP
- Western Australian ALP
Liberal Party of Australia
- Liberal Party of Australia
One of the two major political parties in Australia.
- Canberra Liberals
- Liberal Party of NSW
- Country Liberal Party, Northern Territory
- Queensland Liberal National Party
- Liberal South Australia
- Tasmanian Liberals
- Victorian Liberals
- WA Liberals
National Party of Australia
- National Party of Australia
Aims to represent rural Australia. Usually in a coalition with the Liberal Party.
- NSW Nationals
- Country Liberal Party, Northern Territory
- Queensland Liberal/National Party
- The Nationals South Australia
- The Nationals Victoria
- The Nationals WA
The Australian Greens
- Australian Greens Party
A strong environmental party, but holding other views as well.
- Australian Greens Victoria
- Tasmanian Greens
- The Greens ACT
- The Greens NSW
- The Greens NT
- The Greens Qld
- The Greens South Australia
- The Greens WA
- Australian Christians
‘We believe the time is right for a new party, shaped by Christian values, to step forward’.
- Australia First Party [Sydney Branch]
The Sydney branch is listed as the national site seems to have disappeared.
- Christian Democratic Party of Australia
- Communist Party of Australia
Yes, one still exists.
- Democratic Socialist Party
Find out about socialism, Marxist theory and why capitalism is bad.
- Family First Party
A new party in the new century.
- Katter’s Australian Party
‘Katter’s Australian Party seeks to significantly change the political direction of our nation. This is a challenging task, but then again, Australians have never shied away from a job that needs to be done’.
- Non-Custodial Parents Party [Equal Parenting]
Federally based party. The site covers membership details and the policy on which it is based.
- One Nation
Started by Pauline Hanson and had impact in the bush. Seems to be losing traction.
- Stable Population Party of Australia
A new party formed in 2010 ‘to give Australians a choice on population and the quality of life we pass on to future generations’.
Most major parties have Young versions. Some are listed here.
- The Young Nationals
- Young Labor
- Young Greens
This is the Victorian site. The Links page has connections to other states.
- Young Liberal Movement
Blogs, Podcasts, Videocasts
- Australian Politics
Various contributors create this ABC podcast.
- John Quiggin
‘Commentary on Australian and world events from a social-democratic perspective’.
- Political Blogs
A short list of blogs from left and right, individuals and general thoughts.
- The Domain
‘Australia’s best political blogs’.
- The Poll Bludger
‘Reflections on the Miracle of Democracy at Work in the Greatest Nation on Earth’.
Australia Education Policy
A listing of the education policies of not only the major parties, but also the minor parties, leading up to the election in 2013. Compiled by Earthside Education.
- A Comparison of the Australian and United States Federal
‘The similarities and differences between the two political systems can be identified by examining each nation’s written constitution, election processes and systems of representation, appointment of the head of state, composition of the Executive and the Legislature, operation of the Executive and the Legislature and party system’.
- A Multi-tiered System : Governing Australia
‘Australian governance is multi-tiered. It involves the cooperation of federal and state parliaments and local councils that make laws. Laws are implemented by executive governments and bodies at each level.’.
- A Short History of Parliament
‘This is the story of how the Australian Parliament has grown from older European Parliaments and has developed in its own way during the last century. The paper is intended for secondary students and may be useful in understanding origins and links between political systems’.
- Australian eDemocracy
‘This site is a clearing house for information about Australian eDemocracy’.
- Australia Politics News
Up-to-date news reports from a wide range of sources including individuals.
Information from breaking news, the Constitution, voting systems, executive government, elections, political parties, foreign policy, even information about overseas politics.
- Australian Politics Links
‘A database of elections, governments, parties and representation for Australian state and federal parliaments since 1890’.
- Australasian Political Studies Association
Areas including Australian Government & Current Affairs, Political Texts online, Overseas Governments and Political Science.
- Australia’s Hung Parliament
Presentation from the ABC.
- Australia’s National Forum
‘A vehicle to promote democratic uses of the Internet in Australia. The National Forum site is a virtual Town Square designed to provide Free democratic space on the web for our citizens, and shop fronts for our institutions’.
‘Australia’s true insider noticeboard. It takes readers to the inner worlds of politics, government, business, media, sport, the law, arts, publishing, the entertainment industry and those dark places where decisions are made behind closed doors’.
- Federalism Repository
‘The Federalism Repository was established to capture the many documents and debates on Australia’s federal future. CAF is focused on exploring practical ways to improve our federal system of government and to harness the significant benefits this offers Australians. The repository provides links to federalism resources, including journal articles, speeches, conference papers, organisations and research programs. Please click on the links to access the repository’.
- On the Record
ABC site with information on parliament, elections and debates.
- Parliament of Australia Library
Libraryfrom the menu at the top. Find a wealth of information from the Australian Parliament’s Parliamentary Library. You could also check their Browse by Topic listing and their Research Publications or use their ParlInfo - Basic Search option.
- Political Institutions
History of Australian Democracy. 5 main sections.
- PR Society of Australia
A group who recommend and promote the Hare Clark Quota electoral system.
- Women’s Electoral Lobby
Contacts are provided, as are policies, Women’s History project and more.
Having Your Say !
- Get Up !
A new, American style, of direct political action. Allows you to send messages to politicians at the Federal level.
- New Matilda
‘Offers a place for you to speak out about the Australia you want’.
Hub for young people to be involved in the governmental process.
Political Cartoons and Cartoonists
- A Brush With Politics
‘A snapshot of the career of John Frith. The exhibition present[s] works spanning the long career of cartoonist John Frith - from his first known published cartoon in 1929, to the works he undertook during his retirement from 1969 until his death in 2000’.
- Australian Cartoonist’s Association
Check individual cartoonists to see what their take on politics and political events is. Opens to the list of cartoonists. View the Stanleys Year Book.
- Australian Political Cartooning
- A Rich Tradition
Information, samples and further links from Australia.gov.au.
- Behind the Lines
The Year’s Best Cartoons 2008. ‘Behind the Lines 2008 is a celebration of the best Australian political cartoons sourced throughout the year’. National Museum of Australia.
- Cartoon Gallery
Access a number of galleries from the political cartoonists of Fairfax Media.
- Images of Australian Democracy
Government in Australia.
One of Australia’s leading political cartoonists.
Covers both Australian and International events and figures. Goes way beyond politics, covering most areas of society. Has archival resources on the site as well.
Being rebuilt after being targeted by hackers.
- Political Cartoons Trail
Samples from the National Library of Australia. Includes image and brief comment/descriptor. Now part of Trove.
- Constitutional Reform Index
- The Australian Republic Issue - A
‘A non-partisan page linking WWW resources concerning one of the more high profile constitutional issues in this country might be useful’.
- The McGarvie Model
‘A Republican Equivalent of Our Present System of Democracy’. Introduction, Contents, Biographic, Comments.
- Our Identity
‘The Australian Republican Movement has members and supporters across all states and territories, from all walks of life. We advocate an Australian republic as a fully independent nation within the Commonwealth. We advocate a Head of State who is an Australian who lives here, and who can represent our identity, our values and our place in the world’.