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Faith in Politics


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Ahead of Saturday’s federal election Geraldine Doogue talks to four high profile politicians at the forefront of their political parties. Featured are the Liberal Party’s Joe Hockey; The Nationals Senator Barnaby Joyce; the Labor Party’s Tanya Plibersek; and, The Greens Senator Christine Milne. Where did they come from? How were their beliefs developed and how do they influence their vision for Australia? What are the values that drove them into public life and have they remained the same? This program charts ground rarely explored.

Story producer: Dina Volaric

Story researcher: Kim Akhurst, Wendy Boynton & Francoise Fombertaux

Source: ABC Compass


A History of Democracy

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Peace, Justice and Politics on the International Scene

As a former justice of the Supreme Court of Canada and a former chief prosecutor of the United Nations tribunals for war crimes in Yugoslavia and Rwanda, the Honourable Louise Arbour has dedicated her life to defending human rights and independent judiciary systems around the globe


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Introduction to Political Philosophy with Professor Steven B. Smith

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This course is intended as an introduction to political philosophy as seen through an examination of some of the major texts and thinkers of the Western political tradition. Three broad themes that are central to understanding political life are focused upon: the polis experience (Plato, Aristotle), the sovereign state (Machiavelli, Hobbes), constitutional government (Locke), and democracy (Rousseau, Tocqueville). The way in which different political philosophies have given expression to various forms of political institutions and our ways of life are examined throughout the course. Read more…

Personality, Politics and our Past PMs (John Haward)

27/03/2010 1 comment

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Where exactly does K Rudd fit into the traditions set by our national leaders? In this lively session from the Perth Writers Festival, political journos and biographers Robert Macklin and Paul Kelly discuss the last generation of Lodge-livers, from blokey Hawkey and smooth-as-Zegna Keating, to wannabe common men Howard and Rudd. How important is personality and background in forming the styles and policies of our PMs? And is little Kevin really the schoolyard victim, trying to fend off attack from the playground bully, Tony Abbott?

Paul Kelly is an historian, political journalist and editor-at-large at The Australian. He spent two decades in the Canberra Press Gallery and has written several books on the political events of the 1970s and 1980s. His latest book, “The March of Patriots”, chronicles Australian federal politics from 1991-2007 when, he argues, Paul Keating and John Howard shared a nationalistic urge, even if they expressed it in vastly different ways. Read more…