Australian and Global Politics
On Monday 21 May the Australian and Global Politics class visited Parliament House, Trades Hall and other sites in the Melbourne CBD to examine the influence of different groups in Australian politics.
The students enjoyed sitting in the Legislative Assembly and Legislative Council, admired the ornate decorations (including the huge amount of gold from Victoria’s Gold Rush days that is included in Parliament House). They also had some good debates at Trades Hall about the power and influence of groups like unions in shaping legislation.
We finished up in Chinatown with a discussion about the Chinese Immigration Act of 1855 and the lobbying that occurred by prominent members of the Chinese community against such restrictions in Victoria.