Parliamentary Democracy in Australia

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Title Parliamentary Democracy in Australia
Author Weller, Patrick Moray
Journal Name Parliamentary Affairs
Year Published 2004
Place of publication UK
Publisher Oxford University Press
Abstract Australia developed parliamentary democracy without any struggle for independence as colonial governments became self-governing in the 1850s and a federal nation was created in 1901. This article explores, among other things, the implications of those parts of the Australian system of government that differ from the British model from which it emerged. These include a written constitution, a federal structure, a powerful Senate, compulsory and preferential voting, highly disciplined parties, albeit with a shrinking membership base, and Prime Ministers highly vulnerable to internal party revolt. These factors have all shaped the way that politics is fought and parliamentary government is organised in Australia.
Peer Reviewed Yes
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Copyright Statement The definitive publisher-authenticated version Parliamentary Affairs, 2004, Vol. 57(3), pp. 630-645 is available online at:
Volume 57
Issue Number 3
Page from 630
Page to 645
ISSN 0031-2290
Date Accessioned 2005-03-30
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Governance and Public Policy
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Australian Government and Politics
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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