Government Question Time!

Made By Kobie, 6G

Q1- Why Does Queensland Not Have An Upper House In The Senate?

Queensland is missing a piece of democracy some would call important. Its the upper house, they hadn't had it since 1922. I quote from Dr Rae Wear, "New South Wales has an upper house and there's no great evidence that it's free of corruption." Queensland is the only part of Australia not to have an upper house.

Q2- How long would a debate in the House Of Reps go for?

A bill, which is a formal document prepared in the form of a draft Act, is no more than a proposal for a law or a change to the law. A bill becomes an Act—a law—only after it has been passed in identical form by both Houses of the Parliament and has been assented to by the Governor-General.

Q3- Why Do You Need 76 Seats To Win Parliament?

Under the Constitution, each state of the Australian federation, regardless of its population, has an equal number of senators. The Senate currently consists of 76 senators. Twelve senators represent each of the six states, elected for a period of six years. A system of rotation, however, ensures that half the Senate retires every three years. The four senators who represent the Australian Capital Territory and the Northern Territory are elected concurrently with members of the House of Representatives and the duration of their terms of office coincide with those for that House (a maximum of three years).

Q4- What are Hamsards?

Though the history of the Hansard began in the British parliament, each of Britain's colonies developed a separate and distinctive history. Before 1771, the British Parliament had long been a highly secretive body. The official record of the actions of the House was publicly available, but there was no record of the debates. The publication of remarks made in the House became a breach of Parliamentary privilege, punishable by the two Houses of Parliament. As the populace became interested in parliamentary debates, more independent newspapers began publishing unofficial accounts of them.

Q5- Can Senators Get Fired?

Political Parties are central to an understanding of how Australian politics works. The parties dominate state and federal parliaments, provide all governments and oppositions, and frame the nature of political debate.

Australian political parties are required to be registered with the Australian Electoral Commission if they wish to have their party affiliation printed on ballot papers against the names of endorsed candidates. Registration is also required for parties to be eligible for election funding.

A wide range of minor political parties exist in Australia, ranging from conservative religious groups to fringe anarchist organisations.