A person elected to Parliament to speak on behalf of others.
A system in which people vote for candidates to represent them in a parliament and make laws on their behalf.
Additional powers of the Governor-General not written in the Australian Constitution which may be used without ministerial advice, but usually according to accepted practices and customs, known as conventions.
The principle that the government should be responsible to the Parliament, to ensure that the government does not abuse its power; the government must retain the support of the majority of members in the House of Representatives to stay in power.
Money a government collects from taxes and other sources to spend on government services.
The system of electing state senators in which all are elected for six year terms, with half being elected every three years, so that the Senate has continuous membership.