2 Learning 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
3 What 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.
4 Westminster 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
5 Westminster Government Copy downWestminster GovernmentMost often compared to the American Presidential system, which is quiet different.
6 What 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.
7 What is Australia’s system of gov? Copy downIn page centreWhat is Australia’s system of gov?Representative liberal democracy under a constitutional monarchy