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About Parliament – The House of Representatives

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Opening credits showing images of the Senate chamber, the House of Representatives chamber, the Australian Flag, the Governor General, and the Main Committee Room. Music.
Title: About Parliament, The House of Representatives. The House of Representatives.
The Presenter stands in the House of Representatives. Presenter: The federal Parliament has two houses: the Senate and the House of Representatives. This is the House of Representatives, which is often called the 'people's House'.
Members of the public stand in voting booths then one person places their vote in the House of Representatives ballot box. Presenter: At election time, the people of Australia vote in their local regions to elect one person to represent them in the House of Representatives.
The House of Representatives chamber. Presenter: 150 people are elected as members in the House, many of them representing political parties.
The Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, speaks from the despatch box to members in the House of Representatives.

Prime Minister: But when Australians pull together, when they work together in a common cause, they can tackle anything.

Presenter: The House of Representatives is where government is formed.

A diagram of the seating plan of the House of Representatives demonstrates that more than half the total number of seats is required for a majority. Presenter: The political party or coalition that has the support of the majority of Members in the House, which means at least 76, forms the government.
The Prime Minister, The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP, speaks from the despatch box to members in the House of Representatives. Presenter: The leader of the government then becomes the Prime Minister.
The Leader of the Opposition, The Hon Bill Shorten MP, speaks from the despatch box to members in the House of Representatives. Presenter: The next largest party forms the Opposition or 'alternative government'.
The Presenter stands in the House of Representatives. Presenter: The House of Representatives has many traditions which date back to the early British Parliament. One such tradition is the use of green to represent the House and another is the ceremonial use of the Mace.