Australia’s Government

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Australia’s Government. Australia’s Government. Federal parliamentary democracy. There are three key factors that determine Australia’s government: form of leadership type of legislature role of the citizen. Form of Leadership. H ead of state Queen Elizabeth II (England) - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Australias Government

  • Australias GovernmentFederal parliamentary democracy.

    There are three key factors that determine Australias government:form of leadershiptype of legislaturerole of the citizen

  • Form of LeadershipHead of state Queen Elizabeth II (England) Just a figureheadShe does not run the countryshe signs lawsapproves electionscommander-in-chief of the military.

  • Form of LeadershipGovernor GeneralThe prime minister selects someone to represent the Queen in Australia

  • Form of LeadershipPrime minister head of the governmenthas the most political powerleader of the biggest political party in the Commonwealth Parliament

  • Type of LegislatureCommonwealth Parliament-elected government that makes laws.Every 4 years, citizens vote for members

    2 houses of the Commonwealth Parliament: House of RepresentativesSenate

  • Type of LegislatureHouse of Representatives: Australia is divided into areas called electoratespeople living in each electorate vote for a person to represent them in parliament.elected person becomes the MP of the House of Representatives for that area

  • Type of LegislatureSenate: 76 memebers 12 people from each of the 6 states 2 people from each of the 2 territories

  • Role of the CitizenDemocracy: voters choose the lawmakers18 or over is required by law to vote.Citizens vote for members in Senate and House of Representatives.

    Voters do not vote for head of state (Queen)governor-generaldirectly for the prime minister.

  • Role of the CitizenAustralians enjoy many freedoms.freedom of religion, speech, job choice, travel, etc.

    Their level of freedom is similar to what people have in the United Kingdom & the United States.