Govt in Australia (2 Party Dominance (Liberal for business ("white…
Govt in Australia
2 Party Dominance
Liberal for business
"white collar workers"
Labor for working class
"blue collar workers"
Two major parties that dominate the gov.
Coalition with the nationals
Principles of Government
Governments must protect the rights and freedoms
protect our broad right to freedom of speech
protect our basic right to freedom of assembly and
Limit individuals from behaving in an offensive or
indecent manner in public.
Governments must make laws that reflect the views
and values of the people
Governments must be accountable to the people
There must be separation of powers
Gov. is democratically elected by the lower
Has a king, queen or gov. g. To act as head of state
Form of parliamentary gov from UK
Consists of 2 horses and the crown
Parliamentary system used in Aus
Separation of powers
Arms of parliament
PM and cabinet enact laws
Interpret the law
Held in regular intervals
Federal- 3 years
State- 4 years
People choose which party is in charge
Must enrol to vote
People have power
Two systems of voting
Structure of Parliament
House of representatives
Each member represents an electorate
Gov. formed by party with majority (at least 76 members)
12 from each state and 2 from each territory
no single political party has an absolute majority of seats
No legit mandate to join gov.
Head of State
Queen of England
Queen Elizabeth II
Has no real power over gov.
Sacked PM in 1975