Australian Parliament Research Paper

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Federal parliament Introduction The federal parliament is the parliament responsible for making and altering laws, representing the Australian people, scrutinises the work of the government and it provides a place where the government is formed. The federal parliament consists of the Governor General (representing the queen), the House of Representatives and the Senate. There are 156 representatives in the House of Representative; each representing the 150 electorates. There are 76 senators, 12 from each state and 2 from each territory. The federal parliament was formed in the year 1901, on the year that Australia became a federation. It was first based in Victoria, however, it moved to Canberra in 1927 and has been there ever since. Constitutional…show more content…
The head of state is bound by the constitution and has limited power. One example of this is how the head of state does not have the power to create or pass laws. The head of state will remain the same even when the government changes. The first head of state was Napoleon Bonaparte. Our current head of state is Queen Elizabeth the Second, who is represented by the governor general. Constitution The Constitution is Australia’s most important document as it outlines the jurisdiction, structure and procedures of the Australian parliament at a federal and state scale. The first constitution was made in the 1900 and released on the 1st January 1901 in the United States of America. A constitution is a group of rules to keep a country/state in place, without a constitution the country/state would be in chaos. Before the constitution, Australia was not a nation because the constitution is a set or rule that keeps the nation in place. The Governor…show more content…
Since then, voting has dramatically changed so that all Australians have a fair and equal voting system. The P.E contacts the GG (governor general) for a meeting about Election Day, then the GG goes to the clerks of the House in Australian parliament and informs them about the full operation on what will happen on Election Day. After everything is ready parliament house informs everyone so whoever is wishing to apply they apply on the paper called the Writ. It has all the information on it, so no error can be made. Applying after 8.00pm that night your nomination will not count. The rule for applying are you have to be 18+, you have to be an Australian citizen, but if you are becoming any of these the Writ has been draw you may apply. To pick the order in which the candidates appear on the ballot paper, they draw the names in a formal way. 31 or 28 days after nomination day voting starts, but you can’t vote after 6.00pm. On the voting day, they ask you three question to make sure you haven voted already: 1.What is your full name? 2. What is your address? 3. Have you voted before? Then parliament proceeds to counts the votes, but if you didn’t vote properly your vote is not counted. Then, after all, the votes are done, the electoral commissioner sends the result to parliament. Right after that, they call candidates to parliament to announce the winner. The

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