A new spin on politics

Emeritus Professor David Black at the 'Majority Rules' exhibition [NAME OK]
Emeritus Professor David Black at the 'Majority Rules' exhibition [NAME OK]

The Majority Rules exhibition features state and federal election advertisements, cartoons, stickers, mail-outs and how-to-vote cards.

Political commentator David Black said the exhibition would help to show people the processes involved in Australia’s democracy.

‘It doesn’t just tell you how the system works, there are so much visual and hard materials that it shows you the system,’ he said.

‘It also raises issues about why you vote for people at certain times.’

He said while the 2013 election campaign was different in many regards, there were also similarities to previous campaigns. He believes Prime Minister Kevin Rudd should call the election for some time in August.

Culture and the Arts Minister John Day said the exhibition showed how political campaigning had changed since the 1880s.

‘Many of the items on display tell a story that has significantly changed our path in history, (such as) the 1967 referendum, which asked voters whether Aboriginal people should be included in the Census, and to allow the Federal Parliament to pass laws specific to Aboriginal people,’ he said.

The free exhibition is on display until October 21.