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Elections matter : ten federal elections that shaped Australia

In a world of fake news and populist politics, elections can seem like theatre. With growing rates of informal votes and a perceived narrowing of differences between the major parties, do Australian elections really matter? Taking ten examples, this book argues that elections do matter (even when you think they don't). It is not just elections with memorable jingles or triumphant campaigns from opposition to government that can shape the nation. Could it be that the Labor loss in 1969 formed the country more than the famous win in 1972? Or did the return of the Coalition in 1954 have more impact than securing government in 1949? Elections Matter looks at prime ministers and policies that never were and examines how the democratic process could have produced a different country. Had key elections taken a different turn, Australia might have had a different constitution, a different head of state, a different health and education system and a different foreign policy approach. This book looks at ten elections that formed Australia.
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Elections matter : ten federal elections that shaped Australia / edited by Benjamin T. Jones, Frank Bongiorno and John Uhr.
Clayton, VIctoria : Monash University Publishing, 2018.
xviii, 294 pages ; 24 cm.
Includes index.
1. 1901: Getting the job done -- 2. 1910: Fisher leads labor to victory -- 3. 1929: The patrician and the orator -- 4. 1940: What to do in an electoral draw -- 5. 1954: Did Petrov matter? -- 6. 1969: 'Our politics are no longer frozen' -- 7. 1987: Labor makes it three -- 8. 1996: Lazarus rises -- 9. 2001: Boats, terror and legacy -- 10. 2010: Another hung parliament -- Conclusions: A new normal? -- Appendix: How Australians vote
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