by Nick Economou Throughout Australian colonial and post-colonial history, China has loomed large in the national consciousness. During the gold rushes and in to federation, fear of Chinese migration became the catalyst for some quite dramatic, racially oriented legislation. The newly created colony of Victoria, for instance, passed colonial lawsRead More →

With changes made to local government by Jeff Kennett, the local government framework has moved from being representational democracy  – of annual elections, many councillors representing smaller wards and dominating the running of the municipality or shire. Based on increasing notion that local government elections are an irritation to theRead More →

Australia’s political history has lessons on the consequences of Plebiscites, writes Dr Economou. Thanks to the awful reality that very few people study either Australian history or Australian politics any more, the lessons that the past might teach today’s politicians about the consequences of their actions are just not beingRead More →