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What haven’t you done from U3? – America, GG, HCDecline of Parliament ThesisIntro:The Decline of Parliament thesis is the argument that the modern Australian parliament isunable to perform its intended functions due to the rise of disciplined political parties andexecutive dominance. Australia’s political and legal system derives from a variety of BritishWestminster conventions and parliamentary ideals. As a result, many political scientists believethat Australia does not uphold the specific roles that were expected during the historic Golden Ageof parliament. Therefore, the theoretical functions regarding representation, responsibility, anddebate are not upheld to a large extent. However, the legislative function proves to maintain theoriginally intended parliamentary ideals.B1 – representative in theory, in decline – Russel Broadbent, Keith Pitt, s44 HOWEVER –George Christensen (rare) as most represent/vote along party linesB2 – legislating in theory, upheld – migration act 2015, medivac etc HOWEVER same sexmarriage proposal 2015 shows in decline BUT in reality upholds its legislative functionB3 – responsibility-in theory (IMR, CMR) decline – geroge brandis, michalia cash, Dorothydixers. HOWEVER – Barnaby joyce – didn’t fully resign. Hence, in declineB4 – debate in theory + parliamentary privilege enhances debate– decline i.e. backpackerscase, standing orders (exec dominance), gag/guillotine/adjournment debate etc, HOWEVERupheld in senate due to less executive dominance. But still largely influenced by gov majority= in declineConclusion – in decline except legislation. Can gov really be compared to golden age?PM/Cabinets powers/role of oppositionIntro: The Prime Minister and Cabinet in Australia are regarded as the ‘engine room ofgovernment.’ In Australia’s political system, the Prime Minister is the leader of the party with themajority of seats in the House of Representatives. The prime minister and his elected cabinetministers collectively form the real executive and are commissioned by the Governor General tofulfil many important roles. The prime minister has significant powers controlling the governmentof the day. However, there is no doubt these powers are also prohibited by the opposition, whoserole it is to hold the government to account and be a viable alternative. Furthermore, the limits tothe prime ministers powers can also derive from the high court, governor general, his own partyroom and many other vital mechanisms.B1 – PM/cabient role and sources of power and examplesB2 – role/power of opposition and examples as to how this limits power of PMB3 – other limits to power (HCA, own party room, QT, Crossbench, GG)Conclusion – the need for a strong government to get things done etc BUT also opposition/ways to hold the government to account and as a check and balance VERY important forliberal democracyMandates

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Term
Spring
Professor
Mr. Guirmand
Tags
Law, Separation of Powers

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