All Australians can have their say about decisions made by the Australian Parliament. At federal elections, we select the people who represent us in Parliament. We can also be active citizens by signing a petition, getting involved in a committee inquiry and contacting our members of parliament.
A double dissolution occurs when both the Senate and the House of Representatives are dissolved – shut down – in order for a federal election to take place.
A referendum is a vote of the Australian people to change the Australian Constitution.
Discover why preferences matter on election day with the ABC’s Behind the News.