The American Government Shutdown explained!

Concisely, more people should be worried about this Government shutdown. There could be some serious ripple effects!

What’s happened? The budget, or ‘supply’ has been blocked.

Basically, the Americans have the same Bicameral (two Houses of Parliament, Congress and the Senate) system we do, and Legislation has to pass both houses. The budget is a piece of legislation just like any other, most political parties, particularly in Australia, will vote supply through without much fuss, because it’s money for the country to run on.

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Fashion, Politics and Personality: The rise of Personalit-ocracy

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Two things have had me thinking lately –

  1. Julia Gillard’s quote in her pre-spill interview “we all know politics isn’t about personality”.
  2. The role that personality plays over policy in contemporary politics.

I recently started an internship at an image consultancy firm, and it re-ignited my train of thought. As something of a politically and fashionably aware person – depending on the day, I pride myself on one over the other, these days perhaps more the latter [!]

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