For first-year university students with limited knowledge of the Australian federal political system. "Australian Political Institutions 8e" introduces students to the structure and organisation of the institutions and functions of government in Australia, with reference to contemporary issues and debates. As an introduction to the principles of political science the text provides an analysis of key issues in the Australian political system in a clear and concise manner. This new eighth edition builds on the strengths of the previous books while making the material even more accessible and appealing. The new edition features new two colour format with updated visual material, a running glossary and interest boxes to engage the reader; while the content has been substantially updated to reflect the Australian political scene after the elections of December 2004.