- The symbol of the authority of the House of Representatives and the Speaker, made of silver coated in gold, with a crown at one end.
- maiden speech
- (see also first speech)
Former name for a first speech, sometimes still used in the House of Representatives.
- Manager of Government Business in the Senate
- (see also Leader of the House)
A minister appointed by the government to manage its business in the Senate.
- Manager of Opposition Business in the House
- (see also Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate)
A shadow minister appointed by the opposition to manage its business in the House of Representatives.
- Manager of Opposition Business in the Senate
- (see also Manager of Opposition Business in the House)
A shadow minister appointed by the opposition to manage its business in the Senate.
- marginal seat
- A seat, or electorate, where the winning candidate received less than 56% of the final vote.
- Matter of Public Importance or MPI
- A discussion in Parliament about the government’s actions or policies; the topic is usually raised by a shadow minister and, in the House of Representatives, responded to first by the minister in charge of the relevant government department.
- The head of a city or town council.
- Newspapers, television, radio stations and other organisations that collect and publish information.
- A person elected to the House of Representatives, also referred to as an MP.
- member of parliament
- A person elected to the House of Representatives or the Senate.
- A member of the government who has been given an area of responsibility for how Australia is run, known as a portfolio; the Prime Minister and ministers make up the executive government.
- ministerial responsibility
- The principle that a minister should be accountable to the Parliament for their actions and decisions, as well as those of their government department.
- (see Executive and executive government)
- minority government
- A government formed by a party or coalition of parties that does not have a majority in the House of Representatives, but governs with the support of the majority of members.
- minor party
- A political party that has only a small number of members elected to Parliament.
- A head of state, such as a king or queen, who has inherited their position.
- money bill
- A proposed law that introduces a tax or suggests the spending of money for a particular purpose.
- An idea or proposal put forward for consideration, debate and decision.
- move (a motion)
- To make a formal proposal at a meeting.
- An area of land that has its own local government.