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THE FEDERAL PARLIAMENTARY DEMOCRACY OF AUSTRALIA. Form of Leadership. Australia’s six states represent the six British colonies united to create the Commonwealth of Australia. Approved a constitution which gives the federal gov’t the right to pass laws on certain subjects

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form of leadership
Form of Leadership
  • Australia’s six states represent the six British colonies united to create the Commonwealth of Australia.
    • Approved a constitution which gives the federal gov’t the right to pass laws on certain subjects
    • Land that is not claimed by the states is called a territory.
    • Territories cannot convene their own gov’t or pass laws. The Commonwealth makes laws for the territories
form of leadership cont d
Form of Leadership cont’d…
  • Head of State= Queen
  • Hereditary
    • Signs laws, commander-in-chief of the arem, nave, & air force
    • Does approve elections
    • Australia’s prime minister selects someone to represent the Queen in Australia…aka the “governor-general” (fulfills duties and responsibilities of the Queen in Australia)
governor general
Governor General
  • The Queen is represented by Governor General who is appointed by monarch on recommendation of Prime Minister
form of leadership con t
Form of Leadership con’t…
  • Head of Gov’t = Prime Minister
    • NOT DIRETLY ELECTED : Leader of the political party with the most members in the Commonwealth Parliament
    • Most powerful figure in Australia
type of legislature
Type of Legislature
  • In Australia, elected gov’t operates the country
  • Every 4 years, people 18 and older vote for members of the Parliament
  • Parliament is in Canberra
  • BICAMERAL = two houses of government
    • Senate and House of Representatives
type of legislature1
Type of Legislature

BOTH ELECTED BY THE PEOPLE

  • After the election, the political party that has the most seats in the H.O.R. selects a Prime Minister.

SENATE

House of Representatives

role of the citizens
Role of the Citizens
  • DEMOCRACY – voters choose lawmakers
  • Voting is compulsory meaning that everyone that is eligible to vote is REQUIRED to do so unless there is a good reason. (such as illness)
  • Australians can be fined or may have to go to court is they do not vote
  • Freedoms
    • Religion, speech, choose jobs, travel, vote
    • Very similar to level of freedom in the US
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