- 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