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Parliament And The Legislative Process Notes

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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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