Hi! Just wondering what the definition of Australian Democracy Is?
Hi! Just wondering what the definition of Australian democracy is?
Thanks for your question HistoryGirl02.
There is no agreed definition of Australian democracy, however Australian democracy has some key features:
- Australia is a representative democracy, where the Australian people elect senators and members to represent them in parliament and make decisions on their behalf. Australians are represented at three levels of government – federal, state and local.
- Everyone is equal before the law. Members of parliament and Australian citizens must follow the laws made by parliament.
- Citizens can be active participants in society by being informed and communicating any concerns to their members of parliament.
Democracy key ideas.
Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)
This diagram illustrates the 4 key ideas of Australian democracy:
- Active and engaged citizens—Citizens have a voice and can make changes in society.
- An inclusive and equitable society—We work towards a society where everyone is respected and free.
- Free and franchised elections—We get to stand for election and choose who makes decision on our behalf.
- The rule of law for both citizens and the government—Everyone is equal before the law and must follow the law.
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