The Australian Political Party System (GOVT2114)


The unit examines the Australian party system, including colonial-era pre-party politics, the development of major parties (Labor, Liberal and National) and minor parties (Democrats, Greens, One Nation etc), parties and ideology, parties and social movements, internal party politics, parties and the law, parties and elections, parties and parliamentary politics, and parties and public policy. Emphasis is placed on how theoretical and comparative models of political parties help to explain Australian party politics.

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1x2hr lecture/week, 1x1hr tutorial/week


1x2000wd Essay (40%), 1x1000wd Website review (20%), 1x1.5hr Examination (40%)

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12 Junior credit points from Government and International Relations



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