Does the executive dominate decision-making in the Australian parliamentary system?
Thanks for your question. The Australian Constitution defines the 3 groups who have the power to make and manage Australian law: the Parliament, the Executive and the Judiciary. This is known as the separation of powers. The Executive includes the Prime Minister and ministers who have the power to put law into action. While most bills – proposed laws – are introduced by the government, only the Australian Parliament has the power to make laws for Australia.
The government side of the House of Representatives.
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This image shows part of the House of Representatives. There is a large table at which the Prime Minister and the Clerks sit. There are 5 rows of seats behind the Prime Minister, with the rear 4 rows also having desks in front of the seats. The seats are occupied by government members.
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