Rudd Redux: Victory And Defeat

The Parliamentary Library has issued a research paper on Kevin Rudd’s return to the prime ministership and the 2013 federal election.

Written by Brenton Holmes of the Politics and Public Administration section of the library, the 28-page paper examines the circumstances of Rudd’s return to the Labor leadership on June 26, 2013. It traces Rudd’s actions until he called the election on August 4.

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The paper deals selectively with events during the election campaign. A more detailed account will be published in a forthcoming research paper, Federal election 2013: issues, dynamics, outcomes. [Read more…]


Balancing Act: The Australian Greens 2008-2011

The Commonwealth Parliamentary Library has released a research paper which traces the development of the Australian Greens.

The paper is written by Dr. Joy McCann of the library’s Politics and Public Administration Section. It is titled: Balancing Act: The Australian Greens 2008-2011.

The Executive Summary of the paper says: “It presents a brief introduction to the structure, ideological underpinnings and policies of the Australian Greens, and includes a brief history of the development of Green politics internationally and in Australia. It focuses on the party’s electoral fortunes and parliamentary activities from 2008 to the end of the first year of the 43rd Commonwealth Parliament.” [Read more…]