Keeping the Bastards Honest: The Australian Democrats’ First Twenty Years

Keeping the Bastards Honest: The Australian Democrats’ First Twenty Years

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History of a minor party that has played a key role in the nation’s politics.

Keeping the Bastards Honest: The Australian Democrats’ First Twenty Years

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For twenty years the Australian Democrats have worked hard to ‘keep the bastards honest’, in the memorable words of their founder, Don Chipp. This book tells the story of how a bold experiment in participatory democracy created a continuing challenge to Australia’s two-party system. This is the story of how the attempt a myriad of doubters said couldn’t succeed, did. The result was a ‘minor’ party with a major impact.

For twenty years the Democrats in the Senate have been a consistent force for change. The environmental movement, the women’s movement, the popular demand for more accountability in politics – these are but three of the forces for betterment that have been given a strong voice by the Democrats in the centre of national politics.

Softcover, 314pgs, appendices, notes, references, index. Very good, cover corner creased.

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Short Description History of a minor party that has played a key role in the nation’s politics.
Weight (g) 493.0000
Author John Warhurst
Publisher Allen & Unwin
Date Published 1997
ISBN 1864484209
Size 140mm x 215mm

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