What is the process in which the Prime Minister can be overthrown or removed from their current position, other than not being re-elected?
The Prime Minister is a member of the House of Representatives who leads the parliamentary party or coalition of parties with the support of the majority of the members in the House. Each political party has its own arrangements for choosing, as well as changing, its leader.
The Leader of the Opposition is sometimes called the alternative Prime Minister, as they may become Prime Minister if their party or coalition of parties wins the support of the majority of members in the House of Representatives.
The process for changing leader for some parties is a vote of all the parliamentary members of that party. The Australian Labor Party (ALP) chooses its leader by a combined vote of their parliamentary party and the ordinary members of the party. The votes of the ALP members of parliament count for 50 per cent in the ballot and the votes of the ordinary party members count towards the other 50 per cent.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese giving a press conference.
Prime Minister Anthony Albanese giving a press conference at Australian Parliament House. Behind him are the Australian flag, the Aboriginal flag and the Torres Strait Islander flag.
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