By Jackie Dickenson, Robert Corcoran
From barbecue-stopper to washminster, chardonnay socialist to xenophobia, A Dictionary of Australian Politics is a complete and vigorous advisor to Australian political language. With convenient "quick grab" definitions, it really is supported by way of in-depth causes of the background and utilization of vital phrases. For someone drawn to politics, this is often an authoritative and interesting reference. it really is uniquely Australian, bringing jointly a number political phrases and expressions that through the years have entered the vernacular. it's also foreign phrases that are necessary to political discourse.
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Nevertheless, some demonstrations result in damage and injury. [civil liberties, freedom of assembly] department An administrative structure within the Public Service The term applies to both federal and state governments. Each department is responsible to a minister who may be in charge of one large department or a number of smaller ones. A senior public servant manages each department and works closely with the minister. [ministry (minister’s responsibility), Public Service] deposit In politics, a sum of money lodged with the returning officer by a candidate in an election Deposits are returned to all candidates who receive more than a specified percentage, typically about 4 per cent, of the total vote.
The name was revived later but the new party received little support. [Labor ‘Split’] democratic socialist An international term applied to some but not all left-leaning political parties and their supporters It has a range of meanings and is seldom used in Australia. In overseas countries it usually means a party with strong socialist aims, coupled with a belief in a democratic political system. [social democracy, socialism] demographic change Change in the characteristics of the population in a particular area There is a range of causes for demographic change.
A frightening feature of the Cold War was the possession of nuclear armaments by both sides and the possibility of their sudden use, with terrible consequences. This was called ‘the balance of terror’. [anti-communism] collectivism The theory and its implementation based on the assumption that the wellbeing of a group should take priority over that of its individual members Supporters of collectivism argue that it provides maximum benefits for sharing between all members of the group. Collectivism is often contrasted with ‘individualism’, which advocates the opposite priorities.
A Dictionary of Australian Politics by Jackie Dickenson, Robert Corcoran