- absolute majority
- (see also simple majority)
More than half the votes of the total number of members of the House of Representatives or the Senate.
- To refrain from casting a vote.
- The act of explaining one’s actions to another.
- Act or Act of Parliament
- A law made by a parliament.
- To postpone or suspend.
- adjournment debate
- A debate at the end of each sitting day when members of parliament make short speeches on any topic.
- A contest between two or more sides representing different positions or holding different views.
- (see councillor)
- A change to a bill (proposed law), Act of Parliament or motion.
- appropriation bill
- A bill to allow executive government to spend money.
- assistant minister
- A member of the government appointed to assist a minister with their work.
- Australian Constitution
- The set of rules by which Australia is governed, describing the powers of the Australian Parliament, the Australian Government and the High Court of Australia.
- Australian Electoral Commission
- The organisation responsible for running national elections and referendums.
- Australian Government
- The federal government that puts Australian law into action, provides national government services and makes decisions on behalf of the nation.
- Australian Parliament
- The national Parliament, consisting of the Queen (represented by the Governor-General), the Senate and the House of Representatives.
- (see also noes)
The expression used in Parliament to indicate a ‘yes’ vote.