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 Government gains a mandate to submit its bills for consideration to the Parliament
  • This does not mean that they have a free rein with government policies
  • The Senate can review and propose amendments

A mandate is:

  • Every MP and Senate obtains a personal mandate from their electorate.
  • They have an obligation to their constituents to uphold the policies and promises from the election
  • This allows them to cross the floor, if they feel that they cannot support legislation
  • Similarly, the majority party has a mandate to act within its policies at an election
  • However, other parties have been given a mandate to express minority views and scrutinise gov’t

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