Get passionate about politics
Although the Parliament of Australia sits in Canberra, it makes decisions that impact you and how you live your life on a daily basis. Whether it’s the music you can buy in stores or Australia’s global commitments to climate action, parliamentarians have immense power and responsibility to make laws which reflect the needs and desires of the Australian community. It is important to remember that, in our democratic system, the role of politicians is to represent us. By electing them, we give them the power to make decisions and laws on our behalf. So, it’s important for them to know what we think and what we want them to do! Unfortunately, many Australians never attempt to use the democratic power they have. Sometimes, this is because they feel they don’t understand the political system and don’t feel confident enough to contact their Member of Parliament. Not everyone has the opportunity to learn about politics at school, so it is easy to make it to voting age without fully understanding how elections work, how laws are made or how Parliament operates. The following pages are designed to help you understand the basics and find answers to your questions.
- So what’s the difference between the House of Representatives and the Senate?
- The low-down on law-making – How Bills get to Parliament and how they become law
- Just another day in parliament – Question time, motions, committees, adjournment speeches – everything you ever wanted to know about what happens in Parliament
- It’s party time! – How political parties work and why we have them
- Election fever – How politicians are elected and how governments are formed
- Change your world by voting