Colin Hughes

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Colin Anfield Hughes (born 4 May 1930) is an Australian academic specializing in electoral politics and government.

He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Columbia University and his Ph.D from the London School of Economics.[1] In 1966, along with John S. Western, Hughes published a study of Australia's first ever televised policy speech on 12 November 1963, by then prime minister Sir Robert Menzies.[2] At this time, Hughes was a Fellow in Political Science at the Australian National University. At time of the 1966 publication, he was a Professor of Political Science and Western Senior Lecturer in Political Science at the University of Queensland.[1]

Their study comprised 250 voters who viewed the policy speech, examined the effect of this form of political communication, and traced its impact on the knowledge, attitudes, and opinions of this group. This was the first such detailed study undertaken in Australia, providing a testing of theories of cognitive equilibrium in relation to voting behaviour, and an examination of television's use in political communication.[1]

Hughes was the first Australian Electoral Commissioner at the Australian Electoral Commission from 1984-1989 (in 1984 the AEC replaced the Australian Electoral Office, which had existed since 1902).[3]


  • Hughes, Colin A., & Western, John S. (1966). The Prime Minister's Policy Speech: A Case Study in Televised Politics. Canberra: Australian National University Press.
  • Mr Prime Minister. Australian Prime Ministers 1901-1972, Oxford University Press, Melbourne, Victoria (1976). ISBN 0-19-550471-2
  • Race and Politics in the Bahamas, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane
  • The Government of Queensland, University of Queensland Press, Brisbane
  • The Mass Media in Australia, (with John Western), University of Queensland Press, Brisbane (1983). ISBN 0-7022-1692-5


  1. ^ a b c Hughes, Colin A; Western, John S (1966), The Prime Minister's Policy Speech: A Case Study in Televised Politics, Canberra: Australian National University Press, p. bookcover 
  2. ^ Hughes, C.A. & Western, J.S. (1966). Bookcover & p.1
  3. ^ O'Brien, Kerry (2000-11-17). "Qld CJC inquiry to resume next week". The 7.30 Report. ABC. Retrieved 29 April 2010. 

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