What is the role of the Governor-General in allowing a conscience vote?

A conscience – free vote – means that members of parliament are not forced to vote with their team; instead, they can vote according to their own beliefs. Each parliamentary party decides if its members are allowed a conscience vote on a particular issue.

The Governor-General is the Queen’s representative in Australia. Although the Governor-General has a role in both the governing of Australia and the Australian Parliament, they are not an elected member of parliament. Therefore, they are not involved in the process of a deciding if a conscience vote will be held in Parliament.

The green House of Representatives. There are people milling around.

The House of Representatives during a division.

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The House of Representatives during a division.

The green House of Representatives. There are people milling around.

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