Australia’s liberal democracy
In this coming election you will be voting for the federal government. The Federal government is the Parliament elected by the people and is made up of two chambers:
The House of Representatives and the Senate. These two chambers work together pass the laws which govern the people of Australia. The Senate is the house of review and looks at the merits of legislation to see if it is in the interests of the people of Australia to pass it into law. The Senate may block legislation if the numbers in the Senate do not allow the passage of legislation which some Senators regard as not being good laws for Australia.
The Australian people do not like giving control of both houses of parliament to the one party. The Australian people like to have diversity in the Senate to ensure that the major parties do not pass legislation which might not be popular with the voting public and not in the national interest.
This means that legislation will often have to be amended by the major party proposing it to ensure passage through the Senate and into law.
CARERS ALLIANCE SENATE VOTING CARDS