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New publication - Fossil Fuels, Global Warming and Democracy: a report from a scene of the collision
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What happens to democracy when the fossil fuel industry collides with global warming? That's the question Dr Kevin Taft – Canadian author, commentator and former political leader- poses then unpacks in his absorbing Perspectives paper for the Whitlam Institute released today (Wednesday 10 September 2014).  

Can democracy as we know it survive global warming?

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Overall Winner of What Matters? 2014: Raina Joseph
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Congratulations to Raina Joseph from Girraween High School who is the Overall Winner of the 2014 What Matters? Writing Competition.

Her entry 'Rape culture breeds with silence' is available to read on our What Matters? webpage, along with all of the NSW, ACT and Tasmanian finalists' entries.

40th Anniversary of the historic joint sitting of parliament
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This week (6 and 7 August, 2014) marks the 40th Anniversary of the historic joint sitting of the parliament in 1974, which followed on from the double-dissolution election. Never before or since has this method been used to overcome a deadlock between the two chambers of the nation's parliament.

It was a significant and entirely unique occasion, and a defining moment in Whitlam's political career. The joint sitting saw the passage of several key bills including the Health Insurance Bill 1973 (the Medibank legislation) and the Commonwealth Electoral Bill (No. 2) 1973, which would institute the principle of 'one vote, one value' in federal elections.

To mark the occasion the Whitlam Institute has put together an online exhibition on the joint sitting, pulling together footage, original documents and photos from the Whitlam Prime Ministerial Collection, the ABC, the National Archives and others.

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