Define the two-party system

The 'two-party system' is a term used to describe a political system where 2 major political parties dominate because they receive the majority of votes. One of the 2 parties typically holds a majority in the parliament and forms government while the other is opposition.

Technically, Australia does not have a two-party system as there are currently 3 major parties involved in government and opposition. One is a coalition (partnership) of the Liberal Party of Australia and The Nationals and the other is Australian Labor Party.

There are many political parties represented in the Australian Parliament. Depending on the outcome of a federal election, any number of parties could agree to form a coalition in either government or opposition.

The green House of Representatives. There are people sitting in seats arranged in a U-shape.

The House of Representatives.

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The House of Representatives.

The green House of Representatives. There are people sitting in seats arranged in a U-shape.

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This image is of a large room with green furnishings. The seats are arranged around a large central table. There is a large chair at the open end of the U-shaped seats that is elevated above the other chairs. There are people sitting in the seats and papers on the desks.