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law
Rules that help manage our society and define how people and organisations are expected to behave.
Leader of the Government in the Senate
A government senator who is chosen by their party or coalition of parties to lead them in the Senate.
Leader of the House
(see also Manager of Government Business in the Senate)
A minister appointed by the government to manage its business in the House of Representatives.
Leader of the Opposition
A member of parliament who leads the largest party or coalition of parties that is not in government.
Leader of the Opposition in the Senate
An opposition senator who is chosen by their party or coalition of parties to lead them in the Senate.
leave
Permission given to a member of parliament by other members of parliament present in the chamber to do something which is not usually allowed in the standing orders (parliamentary rules).
legislation
A law, or proposed law.
legislative power
(see also separation of powers)
The power of the Parliament to make and amend the law.
legislature
The law-making body of a country or state.
lobby
To approach the government, the opposition or other members of parliament, to get their support for a cause or to influence them to change policy or actions.
local government
The level of government that looks after local issues, such as rubbish collection, pet control and local roads.
long title
The full title of a bill which briefly describes what the bill is about.
lower house
The name sometimes given to the House of Representatives.

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