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While most local government councils in Australia are presided over by a mayor and councillors, Launceston City Council in Tasmania has a mayor and aldermen. This has been the case since the first election of alderman to the council in 1853, which…

Cartoonist Phil May here encapsulates the main problems of a premature pitch by NSW for Australian Federation. The doughty knight (Sir Henry) is ready to do battle with ‘all and sundry,’ for he needs to pay off (or perhaps unload the…

This article by Angela Pownall appeared in the online version of The West Australian newspaper. It reports on State Government legislation aimed at modernising the Western Australian mental health system. The existing system is described as being…

In 1952, the Australian government purchased an inspeximus copy of Magna Carta from the reign of Edward I. This document confirmed and re-enacted the main provisions of the Great Charter signed by King John in 1215, and was enacted by parliament in…

In 1952, the Australian government paid £15,600 to secure the purchase of an inspeximus copy of Magna Carta from the reign of Edward I. This document confirmed and re-issued the main provisions of the Great Charter signed by King John in 1215, and…

In 1935, a disagreement arose in the WA State Parliament over the implications of proposed amendments to the Bulk Handling Bill. In particular, concern was raised by Mr Latham, the Leader of the Opposition, that an amendment to Clause 20 would invest…