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7002 PPP - Political and Legal Environment

Essay by Laurie McGrath


Australian Electoral Commission (Queensland)

Politics, the Law and Political Party Registration in Australia
Introduction

In the 1890s, as Australia moved towards becoming a Commonwealth, it saw the emergence of political parties, with a number being mentioned in the delegations to the 1897 Constitutional Convention held in Adelaide (Souter 1988:20). For most of their history political parties have been regarded as private bodies, unlike companies and trade-unions which were legally registered and subject to judicial review. As Tully put it “they functioned in what has been described as a ‘legislative vacuum’” (Tully 2003:144).



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