2Learning Intentions Students will: Success Criteria: Describe how government is ‘formed’ in AustraliaCompare the role of the House of Representatives and SenateDiscuss the historical reasons for the current model of government in AustraliaSuccess Criteria:Quiz completedNotes takenEngaged in class discussion
3What is Australia’s system of gov? Representative liberal democracy under a constitutional monarchyBut how do we actually decide who forms government in Australia?We use a ‘Westminster’ system to decide this.
4Westminster Government Copy downWestminster GovernmentRefers to the UK parliament system (which is based in the suburb of Westminster), which Australia also uses. Has several features:A Head of State with mostly ceremonial powers (Governor General, on behalf of the Queen)A Prime Minister (PM), selected by a majority of parliament to head the governmentA ‘ministry’ of people assigned with specific responsibilities (i.e. Minister for Health)A ‘cabinet’ of the PM & senior ministers to make executive decisions
5Westminster Government Copy downWestminster GovernmentMost often compared to the American Presidential system, which is quiet different.
6What is Australia’s system of gov? Copy downWhat is Australia’s system of gov?Representative liberal democracy under a constitutional monarchyconstitutional monarchy: A King or Queen is the head of state with a constitution (set of rules) that they must rule by. In practice, parliament makes all decisions.
7What is Australia’s system of gov? Copy downIn page centreWhat is Australia’s system of gov?Representative liberal democracy under a constitutional monarchy