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My Place - Episode 12: 1898: Rowley, Founding the ALP

Rowley and Tom Müller visit Mr Merry when he is convening a meeting of the newly formed Labor Party. They are discussing the development of a new brickworks and are concerned with protecting the rights, health and safety of workers. Rowley and his mother discuss Rowley's father and his employment at the brickworks.

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ALP cinema advertisement: 'In the Wake of the Storm', 1946

This is a cinema advertisement for the Australian Labor Party, made for the election campaign of 1946. The advertisement presents Prime Minister Ben Chifley as the man who can steer Australia through the dangers of inflation to prosperity. Reminding viewers of Labor's leadership in the Second World War, the clip shows dramatic ...

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Liberal Party Cinema Advertisement: 'The golden age', 1946

This is a cinema advertisement for the Liberal Party made for the election campaign of 1946. The advertisement uses footage of flocks of sheep and horses ploughing the land and of working factories to present a view of a young, fertile and vigorous Australia exporting its surplus to other countries. The advertisement contrasts ...

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Australian political parties

This resource is a website about political parties and their role and functions within Australian parliamentary democracy. It focuses on the origins and values of the major political parties in Australia and the ways in which they work. It has links to the websites of each of the main parties, a glossary of relevant terms ...

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Chifley's 'Light on the Hill' speech, 1949

This audio clip presents and examines Prime Minister Ben Chifley's 'Light on the Hill' speech, which was delivered to NSW Labor Party members in 1949. Listen to author Michael Fullilove explain why the 'Light on the Hill' phrase has become so powerful in Australian politics. The speech in the recording is performed by an actor.

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Discovering democracy: parties control parliament

Interact with a slideshow of images and text to explore the role political parties and independents have in Australia. Learn about some of fundamental principles underpinning the major parties. Complete a related task.

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Discovering democracy: an Australian constitution

Identify the bases on which the Australian Constitution was founded and examine the influence of the British and US systems of government. Explore the nature of colonial governments prior to Federation and the beginnings of responsible government. Examine the responsibilities of each of the branches of government and the ...

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'Head prefect' cartoon by David Pope, 2006

This colour cartoon by David Pope comments on tensions within the Labor Party opposition leadership in 2006. The heading is: 'Who will be Labor's next head prefect? ... Your official office sweep!'. The cartoon features four sweep entries that link candidates for the Labor Party leadership with characters from J K Rowling's ...

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Bob Hawke at a Canberra 'dismissal' rally, 1975 - asset 2

This is a black-and-white photograph of Bob Hawke, then President of the Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU) and National President of the Australian Labor Party (ALP), speaking at a rally to protest the dismissal of the Whitlam government by the Governor-General, Sir John Kerr.

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Gough Whitlam's policy speech in 1972

This is a black-and-white photograph showing Gough Whitlam delivering the Labor Party’s policy speech at Blacktown Civic Centre, prior to his election as Prime Minister in 1972.

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Fremantle Labor Women's Group in 1941

This is a black-and-white photograph of a Fremantle Labor Women's Group (including Elsie Curtin who is seated at the table, fourth from the left) at Fremantle Trades Hall in Western Australia, celebrating John Curtin becoming Prime Minister, 14 October 1941.

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Rally against Racism, Melbourne, 1996

This is a black-and-white photograph measuring 16 cm x 21 cm, taken by Joyce Evans in December 1996 in the Treasury Gardens, Melbourne, of children taking part in the Rally against Racism. There are three children in the picture, two of whom are carrying placards referring to their Honduran origins. One of the placards ...

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Postcard depicting Beryl Bruce in 'Socialist' fancy dress, 1913

This is a black-and-white postcard featuring a photograph of young Beryl ('Bobbie') Bruce dressed as 'The Socialist' newspaper at the Victorian Socialist Party's fancy dress ball in Melbourne in August 1913. Her dress features a copy of a page of the newspaper sewn onto the skirt, and a border near the hem with the words ...

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Communists marching, May Day, 1966

This is a black-and-white photograph taken by the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation (ASIO) on 1 May 1966 showing members of the Communist Party of Australia (CPA) marching in a May Day rally in Sydney. There are at least four lines of marchers, mostly men, but including at least one woman and two children. The ...

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Country and Progressive National Party campaign, c1929

This silent black-and-white clip is a political advertisement for the Country and Progressive National Party (CPNC) in the 1929 Queensland State Government elections. It opens with a shot of the Party leader, Arthur Moore, standing up to deliver a political speech. Several lengthy intertitles, each following a shot of Moore, ...

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Clare Martin speaks on being a female politician, 2008

This is an edited sound recording of Clare Martin, former chief minister of Australia's Northern Territory (NT), talking about being a female politician. Martin discusses some of the difficulties faced by women politicians, particularly those with children. She says that balancing their professional role with their role ...