Parliament, House of Reps and Senate

Parliament

We saw in the last lesson about Direct vs Representative Democracy. Where do our representatives go?

Parliament – which is divided into the House of Representatives and the Senate

The Australian Parliament has four main roles:

  • Making and changing federal laws.
  • Representing the people of Australia.
  • Providing a place where government is formed.
  • Keeping a check on the work of the government.

From the Parliament webpage, note how the Federal Parliament fulfills these roles.

 (9Pope Wed 29.7.15) (9Dewhurst Thurs 30.7.15)
From the House of Representatives page:

 1. What is the House of Reps’ role in forming the Government
 2. What is the ‘Government’ and the ‘Opposition’?
 3. Name and outline four important roles in the House of Representatives. Find who has these roles in the current Parliament (and include their picture)

House of Reps: APH page

From the Senate page
(9Pope Thurs 30.7.15) (9Dewhurst Mon 3.8.15)

1. What roles do the Senate play in the Australian Parliament? Briefly describe each.
2. Name and outline four important roles in the Senate. Find who has these roles in the current Parliament (and include their picture)
The Senate: APH page

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