Why do we have a process for making laws in the Australian Parliament

The Australian Constitution gives the power to make national laws to the Australian Parliament—the Senate and the House of Representatives and the Governor-General (the King’s representative).

The Parliament’s law-making procedure allows for debate on and detailed examination of a bill, and for members of parliament to have their say. This ensures lots of different perspectives are shared and considered. The procedure also allows for a decision to be made on a bill quickly if there is general agreement, or after extensive deliberation.