Civics Study (EXAM) (Government and Democracy (Features of Australian…
Civics Study (EXAM)
Government and Democracy
Features of Australian Democracy
Australian system closely mirrors the British system
Examples of other democracies
Uniquely Australia features
Marker of a true democratic system
A way for citizens to express their views
Democratic elections are not unique to Australian democracy, compulsory voting is.
In Australia, elections are held regularly
All Australians over 18 must vote
Australia is one of only 10 countries that enforces compulsory voting. Others:
Democratic republic of Congo
Members of the house of representatives are elected every 3 years.
Comparing Australia's democracy to China
Introduction (Political ideologies)
A centralised power in which a leader makes all the decisions.
Generally, in a fascist state, speaking against the government is a crime.
No participation of citizens in the legal process
Leader is generally a queen or king and there is no voting.
Few monarchies still hold power (Most are just figureheads), but there are a few exceptions where monarchs still have political influence, two of these exceptions being Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
All political power lies in one family
Respects the beliefs of organisations and individuals in deciding how they will be governed.
Citizens participate in the choice of leaders.
All people can independently contribute to political decision making.
This is not around now, and the most famous example is Ancient Greece, where many people were prevented from participating such as women, poor people, slaves and many others.
People elect a leader to govern them
Often done in area groupings
All democracies today are representative
Religious laws become enforceable by the government and breaking them can result in punishment by the law.
Countries laws founded on religious beliefs
"Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn't mean politics won't take an interest in you."
The Great Firewall of China
Developing Democracy: Myanmarr
Australia the Global Citizen
Australia and foreign aid
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Define the terms ‘fascism’, ‘monarchy’ and ‘theocracy’.
Highlight the difference between a direct and representative democracy.
Laws and Citizenship
Source of international law
Trade law and Australia
Malaysia and Marriages; famous high court decisions
Australia and international treaties
High court of Australia
Introduction to Laws and Citizenship
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