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Mar 5, 2019

Award-winning author and Emeritus Professor of Politics at La Trobe University Judith Brett came in to talk about her book, From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia Got Compulsory Voting. Amy and Judith discuss the history of Australia’s democratic system of government, the political philosophy that underpins it, and how Australia got compulsory voting while most other nations did not; Macquarie University historian Associate Professor Michelle Arrow joined Amy to talk about her book, The Seventies: The Personal, the Political and the Making of Modern Australia. She details the great social transformations that took place in Australia during the 1970s - particularly the women’s liberation movement, and the push for gay and lesbian rights. Plus Ben Eltham from New Matilda on the latest in federal politics.