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PARLIAMENT

AND

THE


LEGISLATIVE

PROCESS


Parliament

=

all

elected

representatives

=

the

legislature

*

Parliament

can

be

divided

into

two

houses


Bicameral

systems

Unicameral

systems

Commonwealth

Qld

*

Upper:

Senate

*

Lower:

House

of

Representatives

*

Legislative

Assembly

(the

Legislative


Council

abolished

in

1922)

NT,

ACT

NSW,

Vic,

WA,

Tas,

SA

*

*

Upper:

Legislative

Council

*

Lower:

Legislative

Assembly

(in

Tas

&


SA

called

the

House

of

Assembly)

Legislative

Assembly


Parliament

a?

entire

body

of

elected

representatives


Government

a?

ruling

part

of

elected

representatives


LEGISLATIVE

ARM


Makes

the

law


Government


EXECUTIVE

ARM


Administers

the

law


Courts


JUDICIAL

ARM


Adjudicates

the

law


Judges

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Role

of

Parliament:

* make

laws

for

good

governance

of

Australia

(

or

the

state)


o States

have

plenary

powers

* mandate


o calling

from

the

people,

to

fulfil

their

promises

* Legislative

'arm'


o separation

of

powers

* role

of

the

whole

of

parliament

* authority

to

make

laws

derived

from

the

Constitution

* separate

from

other

functions/arms

of

good

governance

* why

do

we

accept

these

laws?


o voters

elect

representatives

to

parliament


o representatives

usually

aligned

to

political

parties


o political

party

with

majority

forms

government


o therefore,

government

represents

"majority"

view

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22

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