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Aboriginal economic development

Overview page. Subjects: Politics.

Since 1788 and the European colonisation of Australia, the continental population has grown rapidly and national income has increased, making Australia one of the world's rich or developed...

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Aboriginal politics (historical)

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Even though people of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander descent constitute less than 2 per cent of Australia's population, their rights, status and circumstances have become major...

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Albert Bathurst Piddington

Overview page. Subjects: Law — Australasian and Pacific History.

(1862–1945)

qualified in law but chose to teach, including five years at the University of Sydney where his circle of friends included Christopher Brennan. In 1895 he was elected...

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Alfred Deakin

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(1856–1919)

Australian statesman and three times prime minister (1903–04; 1905–08; 1909–10), who played a major role in the early development of the Commonwealth.

Born and...

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arbitration

Overview page. Subjects: Law.

A means of settling disputes without recourse to law. The arbitrator will hear the case of the parties and make either a binding or an indicative judgment.

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Australian Capital Territory

Overview page. Subjects: Politics.

The Australian Capital Territory (ACT) was established under s 125 of the Constitution to be the seat of government for the Commonwealth of Australia. Because of a compromise on the ...

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Australian Settlement

Overview page. Subjects: Politics.

The concept of an Australian Settlement has increasingly come into use as a way of framing political history and Australian political thought. Although the range, character and significance...

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Borders

Overview page. Subjects: Australasian and Pacific History.

Were well understood and observed in Aboriginal society. Stephen Davis and Victor Prescott explain in Aboriginal Frontiers and Boundaries in Australia (1992) that clan or tribal boundaries...

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Britain–Australia

Overview page. Subjects: Politics.

Beyond the well-worn caricatures that depict an impatient youth pulling relentlessly at mother's apron-strings, the Australia–Britain relationship is a study in the complex interplay...

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Canada–Australia

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The titles of several recent historical examinations of the Canadian–Australian relationship convey ideas of separation and detachment: ‘parties long estranged’, ‘distant ally’, and...

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