By Jackie Dickenson, Robert Corcoran
From barbecue-stopper to washminster, chardonnay socialist to xenophobia, A Dictionary of Australian Politics is a entire and full of life consultant to Australian political language. With convenient "quick grab" definitions, it really is supported via in-depth factors of the background and utilization of significant phrases. For somebody attracted to politics, this can be an authoritative and wonderful reference. it truly is uniquely Australian, bringing jointly a variety of political phrases and expressions that through the years have entered the vernacular. additionally it is overseas phrases that are necessary to political discourse.
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Economics, market system, political economy] détente The diplomatic relationship between two nations, when a difficulty has been eased but not completely overcome It has been described as ‘co-existence’, and can result in positive diplomatic communication and agreements (such as a reduction in armaments), although the nations involved may still be suspicious of the other’s intentions. [diplomacy, foreign policy] detention centres Institutions in which aliens who are suspected of being in Australia unlawfully are confined until a decision is made on whether they may stay or be deported The centres are often in remote areas and have been denounced for allegedly breaching human rights.
Commonwealth, the] Commonwealth of Australia The official title of the Australian nation Adopted at the time of Federation in 1900, the term ‘Commonwealth’ was enshrined in the Constitution. In more recent years, the word ‘Australian’ has replaced ‘Commonwealth’ in some official names, such as the Australian Taxation Office. ) The best choice may depend on the context but ‘Commonwealth’ has been favoured in official documents. [Constitution of Australia, Federation] Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) The most significant government research organisation in Australia In its present form the CSIRO dates from 1949.
Junior minister, kitchen cabinet] campaign Organised activity of political parties and candidates to obtain votes in an election The term usually refers to the time between the announcement of the election and election day. Campaigns include party leaders’ policy speeches, attempts to gain media coverage and advertising. Marginal electorates receive special attention, such as visits by party leaders. An election campaign also includes local activities, including the distribution of leaflets to mailboxes and house-to-house canvassing, known as ‘doorknocking’.
A Dictionary of Australian Politics by Jackie Dickenson, Robert Corcoran