Is democracy working in Australia?
Many people have talked about the value of democracy, in fact one of the most famous quotes about democracy is by Sir Winston Churchill, possibly one of the most famous and effective leaders the world has known.
Winston Churchill said “It has been said that democracy is the worst form of government except all the others that have been tried”.
Today we wanted to talk about democracy and in particular about democracy as it is currently working in Australia, because there are some very interesting developments happening in Australia right now.
The Australian government has been a democracy since Federation in the year 1901.
It has always been a robust and interesting democracy with, along with the two major parties, a number of smaller and less mainstream parties which have had varying degrees of influence over the government over time.
However now is an interesting time for the Australian democracy. The previous government was formed by the Australian Labor Party and had it’s problems, and as a result at the last Federal election the Australian coalition, which is a coalition between the Australian Liberal party and the National party, was elected to govern.
However the Australian government is formed from a majority in the lower house, namely the House of Representatives. This Australian parliamentary system has two Houses of Parliament, the House of Representatives and the Senate and all legislation must pass both Houses of Parliament. Continue Reading →