The role of the minor parties within the Australian political system can be as their title suggests, quite minor. On the other hand, a minor party can influence the political proceedings of this country in more ways than one. Minor parties can highlight socio-economic problems that quite often fly under the radar of the larger political parties, or simply can broaden electoral debate. Often spawning from a social, or in the case of the Greens, an environmental movement, minor parties tend to only last through one election, due to a lack of support and relevance in the mainstream social fabric. The minor parties can become crucial players come election time, due to Australia’s law of Compulsory preferential voting. Jaensch (1983, p.21)
There have been many different political parties since the beginning of the American political system. A political party is made up of a group of people that share common goals and ideals, and these people work together to help elect people to offices that share these goals to represent them. Political parties work to try to control the government and their ultimate goal is to win as many elections and to gain as many offices as possible.
"Gough Whitlam has been a towering figure in the Australian Labor Party for longer than I can remember. For more than six decades in politics, Gough Whitlam has aimed at targets higher than personal success or vindication. His energy and enthusiasm combined with the continuing powerful relevance of his goals have made him a hero to many Australians & an iconic figure in Australia's political landscape.” (Excerpt of speech by Senator John Faulkner at Gough Whitlam’s 92nd Birthday, 2008) (Source 3)
TOPIC – The major issue today facing the Australian trade union movement has been the decline in union density. What have been the causes, and how have the unions responded to the challenge.
To introduce, Australia was country solely owned and run by Britian until 1901, the year of Australian federation, from 6 separate self-governing colonies to one, on the 26th day of January 1901. ’While Federation was not perfect, it was a system (of both laws and beliefs) that enabled Australia to flourish.’ The question itself represents the states coming together as one uniting nation. The laws, the beliefs, the privileges and the embellishment of the phrase gives you a sense of welcoming into the history of Australian federation.
Gough Whitlam remains one of Australia’s few leaders who can be truly said to have changed Australia, even for the brief period of his time in government. Elected on December 5th 1972 his government brought upon a vast range of reforms in the 1071 days it held office (Thompson, 2014). Within the first year alone, Labor passed 203 bills, which is the most bills passed than any other federal government had passed in a single year (Betts, 2015). The three bills that will be presented through this essay are the Education system, with what it was like before and after the Whitlam Government came into power, what Health care was like before and after the Whitlam Government and what the Indigenous Australians went through before and after the Whitlam Government.
Did you know that the current leader of the New Democratic Party used to be a Liberal? Thomas Mulcair became the leader of the New Democratic Party after the death of Jack Layton. The New Democratic Party (NDP) is one of the major federal political parties in Canada. The NDP was formed in 1961 as the result of the merger of two different parties. There are numerous reasons why the people of Canada should vote for the NDP. Citizens of Canada should vote for the New Democratic Party because if elected, they promise to improve the environmental situation, provide better health care for Canadians, and improve the economy in Canada.
The Populist Party, also known as the people’s party, was a third party political option in the primary election for president during the late 18th century. It played a major role as a left-wing force in American politics. The party mainly drew its support from angry farmers in the South and West and operated on the left-wing of American politics. Even though the party only lasted seventeen years, it was ultimately a success because most the things that they were recommending were adopted.
The National Labor Union was the first organized labor movement in the U.S. It was led by one William Sylvis. The NLU's goal was to unite the various labor movements in the U.S. and create a national labor organization. The organization was largely responsible for the enactment of legislation creating the eight hour workday; however employers cut wages to compensate for the reduced hours, and worker's gains were minimal. Additionally, the NLU believed political activity was the key to reform, which did not appeal to many workers. It was unable to get its candidates elected, and most of its members deserted to join the Knights of Labor.
Accessibility and quality are being threatened due to cutbacks coupled with a lack of funding. There is a consensus now between medical professionals, the public, and the government that the health care system is deteriorating. It is failing to provide the quality of care promised in the CHA and prided by so many Canadians.
While a labor political party could provide broader support for union members, it would not focus on the primary concerns of labor members: wages, benefits, and working conditions (Fossum, 2012, p. 28). While some believe establishment of a labor political party would benefit the labor movement more than either the Republican or Democratic parties, the reality has never resulted in an effective national labor political movement (Levitt, 1955). Even national union efforts have not been entirely effective over time: the American Federation of Labor, the Congress of Industrial Organizations, the merged AFL-CIO, and now the Change to Win coalition (Colorado State University-Global Campus, 2014).
The government ended up raising fee payments to doctors giving them more money for Medicare. The Medicare plan expanded in 1964 all over Canada and by July 1st 1968 all provinces in Canada had Medicare (Canadian Museum of History). Medicare is supportive plan for the citizens as it helps the disabled alot, equality for the rich and poor for medical services and helps financial burdens. The disabled get many services like assistance in living facilities, nursing homes and equipment needed for them depending on their situation. First point, the disabled don’t get left out just because they are already handicap, instead they are given more attention for the better of them. Equality for the rich and poor is a key with Medicare. Second point, no matter what financial situation, everyone gets the same Medicare services. The riches don’t get more and the poorer don’t get less. When it comes to health matters, everyone is equal and your life matters. Last point, financial burdens don’t stand in your way for good health. Financial aid is provided through Medicare if you meet certain
The Workingmen's Party of California was an American labor organization led by Denis Kearney. Created in 1877, the Party’s goal was to unite all poor and working men into one political party. The Workingmen’s Party had some interesting goals, however, some ideas were a bit too radical.
When you think of the “land down under” you don’t really think of the kind of government they have. I chose to write about the Australian government because I really don’t hear much about Australia. It currently has a pretty interesting story to tell when it comes to their government. I became a bit interested in Australian politics when I saw a political animated cartoon on the internet that depicted Kevin Rudd, the last Prime Minister, on a news television show and it was quite humorous. I am going to give a quick history lesson on Australia then go into how the government formed and came to be. Then I will talk about the Australian constitution, the Australian arms of government, their federal system, political parties and Australia’s