Democracy and Politics

The death of democracy is not likely to be an assassination from ambush. It will be a slow extinction from apathy, indifference, and undernourishment. – Robert Maynard Hutchins, educator (1899-1977)

What Is Politics and Why Does It Matter?

Key Terms

Australia’s liberal democracy is built around a constitutional monarchy and the British Westminster system, but with the American federal structure grafted onto it.

Overview of the Australian Political System

General information about the Australian political system, including links to official sites.

Historical Documents



Australia’s Federation came into being on January 1, 1901. The nation celebrated the Centenary of Federation in 2001. CLICK HERE for items relating to the 2001 Centenary of Federation celebrations.