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System of Government 2. Learning Intentions Students will:  Describe how government is ‘formed’ in Australia  Compare the role of the House of Representatives.

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1 System of Government 2

2 Learning Intentions Students will:  Describe how government is ‘formed’ in Australia  Compare the role of the House of Representatives and Senate  Discuss the historical reasons for the current model of government in Australia Success Criteria:  Quiz completed  Notes taken  Engaged in class discussion

3 What is Australia’s system of gov? Representative liberal democracy under a constitutional monarchy But how do we actually decide who forms government in Australia? We use a ‘Westminster’ system to decide this.

4 Westminster Government Refers 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 government  A ‘ministry’ of people assigned with specific responsibilities (i.e. Minister for Health)  A ‘cabinet’ of the PM & senior ministers to make executive decisions Copy down

5 Westminster Government  Most often compared to the American Presidential system, which is quiet different. Copy down

6 What is Australia’s system of gov? Representative liberal democracy under a constitutional monarchy constitutional 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. Copy down

7 What is Australia’s system of gov? Representative liberal democracy under a constitutional monarchy Copy down In page centre Copy down In page centre

8 Homework  Complete Class Quiz (Posted to Edmodo)


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