Why is the prime minister so famous?
Role of the Prime Minister in Australia.
Parliamentary Education Office (peo.gov.au)
This graphic shows that the Prime Minister is the most senior minister in the Australian Government as well as being key spokesperson for Australia, the head of Cabinet and the leader of the government.
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The Prime Minister is famous because they are the head of the Australian Government. This means they are a member of parliament and they lead the parliamentary party or coalition of parties with the support of the majority of members in the House of Representatives.
The Prime Minister has many important jobs that get a lot of attention in the media and the community. These include:
- chairing meetings in which the government discusses important matters and examines bills—proposed laws
- selecting members of the government to be ministers
- meeting with top-level ministers in Cabinet to decide government policy
- acting as the chief government spokesperson
- representing the Australian Government overseas
- advising the Governor-General about constitutional issues, as well as the appointment of ambassadors and heads of government departments.