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1 PARLIAMENT SYSTEM ELECTORAL DIVISIONS THE VOTING PROCESS AUSTRALIAN POLITICSPARLIAMENT SYSTEMELECTORAL DIVISIONSTHE VOTING PROCESS
2 COMMONWEALTH (FEDERAL) THE PARLIAMENT SYSTEMAs we already know, Australia is a federation and its powers/responsibilities are shared between three levels of government.COMMONWEALTH (FEDERAL)STATE AND TERRITORYLOCAL OR MUNICIPALEach level of government is run by a democratically elected council or parliament, and has a range of different powers and responsibilities.
3 Some Federal Parliament focus areas: Some areas the Federal Parliament looks after:DefenceTelecommunicationsMoneyCustoms and Immigration
4 Commonwealth (federal) government The Commonwealth (federal) government oversees matters that affect the whole nation.The Fed. Gov. is divided into 2 houses:THE SENATEandTHE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
5 THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES Another name for the House of Representatives is the “Lower House”The leader of the majority party in the House of Reps. is the PRIME MINISTER.The House of Reps. is the where new laws (bills) are debated.
6 THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES The House of Reps. is made up of members elected from 150 ELECTORAL DIVISIONS or SEATS.Each ELECTORAL DIVISION consists of about 88,000 people.1261412503375
10 THE GOVERNOR GENERALThe Governor-General is the Queen’s representative in Australia.The Gov Gen is appointed by the Queen, on the advice of the Australian Prime Minister.The Governor General gives Royal Assent to bills that Parliament has recently passed.Royal Assent is when the Governor-General signs a new bill, and it becomes a law for Australia.Quentin Bryce,Governor General of Australia
11 THE CABINETCabinet is the committee of senior government ministers chaired by the Prime Minister.The Parliament scrutinises the MINISTERS and the government during Question Time.In cabinet meetings, ministers introduce proposals for new bills from their departments.
12 MINISTERSThe Prime Minister gives PORTFOLIOS to members of Parliament. These MPs then become MINISTERS.Ministers have three main responsibilities:To run a department or PORTFOLIO such as Education or Defence.To develop ideas for new policies and bills.To sit in the Parliament daily and answer questions about proposed bills and policy details.
13 SHADOW MINISTERS The opposition party is the minority party. A shadow minister is a senior member of the opposition party.He or she is an expert on the porfolio of the relevant minister, They develop alternative policies and scrutinize the minister.Look up the current cabinet ministers here:Look up the shadow cabinet here:Make a table including the Minister and Shadow Minister’s name, party and portfolio for:EducationHealthClimate ChangeTransport
14 Federal Parliament, Overview Parliament: All elected representatives (the Senate + House of Representatives). Together they make laws for the Australian people.Government: The party (or coalition of parties) that wins the most seats in the House of Representatives. Government is part of Parliament.Cabinet: Senior government ministers including the Prime Minister or Premier
15 End of House of Representatives Section What is another name for the house of reps?What is the cabinet?What is the colour of all the furniture and upholstery in the House of Reps?What is a portfolio?What does a minister do?
16 THE SENATE The SENATE is made up of 76 senators: 12 from each STATE and2 from each TERRITORY21212121221212
17 THE SENATEThe SENATE = the “Upper House” of the Federal Parliament. Also sometimes: The house of review.Any BILL that is debated, must be agreed to by the SENATE before it can become a LAW.
20 Bills and Acts A bill is a proposal for a new law. An Act of parliament is another word for a law.A bill becomes an Act of Parliament (=law) when:it has been passed by the House of RepresentativesIt has been passed by the SenateIt has been signed by the Governor-General (given Royal Assent.)
24 STATE AND TERRITORY GOVERNMENT The States have the power to make their own laws over matters not controlled by the Commonwealth.State governments have their own constitutions
25 Some State Parliament focus areas: HealthEducationInfrastructureHousingPowerTourism
26 STATE AND TERRITORY GOVERNMENT The Queens representative at the State Level is called the GOVERNOR (David de Kretser)State and Territory Governments are bicameral ( 2 houses) as well.The two houses are:THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL(UPPER HOUSE)ANDTHE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY(LOWER HOUSE)
27 THE LEGISLATIVE COUNCIL The Legislative Council is the Upper House of the State Government.The Legislative Council is similar to the the SENATE: any BILL must be consented to by the Leg. Council before it can become a STATE LAW.
28 THE LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLY The Legislative Assembly is the (Lower House) of State and Territory Government. Similar to the House of Representatives.The leader of the majority party in Legislative Assembly the is the PREMIER.John BrumbyPremier of Victoria
30 Some Council focus areas: Sports and RecreationSwimming PoolsGarbage CollectionPublic LibrariesParks
31 Third level: LOCAL (MUNICIPAL) GOVERNMENT COUNCILS are responsible for the specific local needs of people in a city or shire.There are approx. 900 local governments.A council makes “by-laws” = a local law which applies only in that council.
32 LOCAL (MUNICIPAL) GOVERNMENT A council area is divided up in WARDS.A ward is an electoral area.Each councilor in the council represents his or her ward.Council elections are held every four years.
33 LOCAL (MUNICIPAL) GOVERNMENT The major parties (Labor, Liberal, Greens) are represented in the council, but there may also be independent councilors who specifically champion local issues.
34 LOCAL (MUNICIPAL) GOVERNMENT Generally, councils are responsible for:Building permitsCitizenshipDogs and catsFootpathsFree treesGraffitiImmunisationLibrariesMarketsNoiseOvergrown landPestsPollution (environmental)RatesRoads and streetsRubbish, garbage and recyclingSewerSmoke emissions and backyard burn-offsStormwaterStreet light - poles onlyTree removalWater
35 LOCAL (MUNICIPAL) GOVERNMENT Research Task:What is your local council area called?Where are the council offices?What is the name of your mayor?
36 Political PartiesA political party represents people with a shared view on politics and society.They are formed with the intention of being elected and influencing the Australian government.You need a minimum of 500 members to form a political party.
43 ELECTORAL DIVISIONSAn ELECTORATE can be defined as a body of qualified voters enrolled in a geographically-defined area.An ELECTORATE can also be referred to as a DIVISION, or a SEAT.
44 ELECTORAL DIVISIONSThe Australian House of Representatives is elected from 150 single-member districts called DIVISIONS or SEATS throughout the nation.
45 FEDERAL ELECTORAL DIVISIONS IN VICTORIA The state of Victoria has 37 available seats in a Federal Election.
46 ELECTORAL DIVISIONSMelbourne Federal Electorate Divisions
47 ELECTORAL DIVISIONSIn a STATE election, Victoria has 88 available seats for the LEGISLATIVE COUNCILThere are 44 available seats for the LEGISLATIVE ASSEMBLYThe party who wins the most amount of seats in a STATE election forms the government in the LEGISLATIVE COUNCILFor example, the Brumby Government currently holds 62 of the 88 available seats and therefore holds power over the STATE OF VICTORIA
48 THE VOTING PROCESSAll Australians who are eligible to vote elect people to represent them in the two houses of Parliament.A citizen of Australia is eligible to vote at the age of 18, yet can enroll to vote at 17In Australia, voting is compulsoryAustralia implements a “Preferential” voting systemMany other nations use a “First Past the Post” voting system – ex. America or Canada
49 THE VOTING PROCESS “PREFERENTIAL” VOTING VS. “FIRST PAST THE POST” VOTING
50 THE VOTING PROCESS“First Past the Post” Voting is a system where the representative with the most votes wins.Countries like America use this system in their elections.A problem with this system is that it does not always fairly represent the majority
51 Preferential Voting Ballot THE VOTING PROCESSPreferential Voting Ballot
52 THE VOTING PROCESS“Preferential” Voting is a system in which voters rank a list or group of candidates in order of preference.In the House of Representatives election candidates who receive an absolute majority (50% + 1 vote) are elected.The distribution of preferences is required when no candidate receives an absolute majority.This process is continued until one candidate obtains an absolute majority of formal votes and is elected.
53 THE VOTING PROCESSHere is a brief example of how “Prefencial” Voting works.Fred, Ben, Anna and Pat stand for election. They receive the following first preference or number '1' votes.Fred 10,000Ben 18,000Anna 19,000Pat 13,000
54 THE VOTING PROCESSThis is a total of 60,000 formal votes. To be elected a candidate needs at least 30,001 votes (50% + 1) of the total votes for an absolute majority.As none of the candidates have an absolute majority, the candidate with the least number of votes - that is Fred - is excludedHis ballot papers are transferred to the other candidates according to where each voter has marked the number '2' on them.
55 THE VOTING PROCESS Fred's votes are transferred as follows: 2,000 are transferred to Ben giving him a total of 20,000 votes5,000 are transferred to Anna giving her a total of 24,000 votes3,000 are transferred to Pat giving her a total of 16,000 votesEven following this distribution of preferences, the three remaining candidates still do not have an absolute majority.
56 THE VOTING PROCESSSo the candidate with the least number of votes - that is Pat - is excludedHer ballot papers are transferred to the remaining candidates according to the next available preference marked on them by the voter.This could be the number '2' or even '3' in the case of Pat's votes and the number '3' from the 3,000 received from Fred.
57 THE VOTING PROCESS Pat's votes are transferred as follows: 12,000 are transferred to Ben giving him a total of 32,000 votes4,000 are transferred to Anna giving her a total of 28,000 votesBen now has 32,000 votes, or an absolute majority, so he is declared the winner.