Category: Politics and Law

Mandate 0

Mandate

Approval given by the electorate to the party that has won the election to carry out its platform and policies as outlined during the electoral campaign. A mandate is not a rubber stamp The...

Decline and revival of Parliament 0

Decline and revival of Parliament

Theory of Responsible Government In theory, Parliament should initiate, debate and determine legislation, scrutinising and holding to account the government. See previous notes for methods. Parliament is important in representing the people. The people...

Parliament questions 0

Parliament questions

Functions of parliament: Legislative – passing bills Scrutiny – Question time Accountability – Estimates Committee Representative – Adjournment and grievance debates Forum for debate – Reading debates Caucus – a meeting of parliamentary members...

Influencing the political and legal system 0

Influencing the political and legal system

The influence of individuals, pressure groups and minor parties on the political and legal system. Influencing: Political System Legal System Individual: Pape v Tax Commissioner 2009 forced the HC to consider if the Tax...

Committees 0

Committees

What Committees are where the majority of the Parliament’s work is done. Small groups of members/senators meet to discuss bills, proposals, previous legislation or other events. Only backbenchers/parliamentarians who are not ministers may sit...

Forum for debate function 0

Forum for debate function

 That issues can be adequately discussed in Parliament. I.e. during the second reading, or committee, or consideration in detail stage. Also, That our opinion can be upheld in parliament. A Member can represent the...

Representative function 0

Representative function

Representative government is a central idea to democracy The government should represent the views of the majority of the people There are two parts: that representation is fair (no malapportionment), and that all the...

Accountability function 0

Accountability function

In general, accountability is about money. The government and the public service must account for all the money given to them to ensure that the money was used for the purpose intended. For example,...

Scrutiny function 0

Scrutiny function

Scrutiny is essentially holding the government and the ministers to account on their decisions and legislation. They look over the government’s, as well as the department’s, conduct. This is called probity and propriety, meaning...

Legislative function 0

Legislative function

To make or amend laws for the ‘peace, order and good government of the Commonwealth’ (Section 51) The rest of s 51 lists the areas in which parliament may legislate. To make, or amend...

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