The australian government

by felicity

House of representatives

Australia is divided up into areas called electorates. For each electorate there is one seat in the House of Representatives. Each electorate has about the same number of people living in it. An election, the people live in each electorate vote for a person to go to parliament to speak for them. Elected person becomes the member of the House of representatives for the seat.

Most people who stand for election are members of different groups or parties. The party who has the most members elected to the House of Representatives becomes Government, its leaders becomes prime minister of Australia.

The party that wins the next highest number of seats in the House of Representatives is called the opposition and its leader is called the leader of the opposition who speaks for them.

There is a large room called a chamber in Parliament house where the House of Representatives meets. The big room is decorated in green to represent the forest.

The Government Member sit on the left of the picture, the opposition face them .In the curved part the members of small parties sit, as well as the members who do not belong to a party. They are called Independents. In the seats up high, called the gallery, people can sit to watch parliament they can hear what's going on people may speak but the members of parliament can't hear because there are sound proof glass. Other People in the gallery are reporters for newspaper, radio or television. The speaker is in charge of the meeting and makes sure people get a turn to speak and not interrupt others.