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By Narelle Miragliotta, Anika Gauja, Rodney Smith

Political events have continually been primary to Australia's consultant democracy. As agencies, although, their persevered centrality and sturdiness rely on their skill to answer altering political, social, and technological conditions, corresponding to declining degrees of club and partisan association, and the increase of social media. This quantity - the 1st publication devoted to Australian political events in approximately a decade - brings jointly the various prime students of Australian politics to ascertain the evolving function and relevance of political events this day. Chapters discover the variety of Australian events' organizational preparations, the modern demanding situations they face, and the associations that form their habit. The contributions inform a narrative of edition by way of the Australian events in the course of a time of flux, one that means that celebration agencies could be primary to Australian political existence for fairly your time but. *** Librarians: e-book to be had on ProQuest and EBSCO (Series: Politics) [Subject: Politics, Australian stories]

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Candidate selection has always been too tempting a power to leave in the hands of truly democratic structures. ‘Branch packing’, as it was then called, was controversial in the first iteration of the Liberal Party from 1902 (Hancock 2007: 20). The success of the Howard Government had a twofold effect on the Liberal Party organisation. In spite of consistent electoral failure at state level, the federal success of the party reduced the urgency for party reform. Further, in contrast to the period of opposition following the defeat of the Fraser Government, the post 2007 opposition stint was consistently viewed within the party as a temporary state.

Both Reith and Leeser underlined the point that problems in the party organisation were not unique to the island state. Common to all these reports was a frustration that sensible recommendations from earlier reports had not been implemented. Isolated failures at state elections and at state level within wider national success have become lost opportunities for reflection and reform. That most of these reports remain partly or wholly secret explains their continued failure to spark debate about the party’s future.

A party with 80,000 members would not have the problems that the Liberals have had in recent elections of struggling to staff polling booths on election day. Without revealing actual membership figures, Peter Reith (2010) recommended various reforms aimed at reversing the decade-long decline. ’), the Liberal Party retains a mass party model of organisation without the ‘mass’ of members required to give it vitality and legitimacy. Retaining the hierarchical 18 | Contemporary Australian Political Party Organisations structure of a mass party while personalities and constantly shifting group­ ings dominate the organs of the party is a recipe for destabilisation and in­ effectual support for the parliamentary wing.

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