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 Parliament of Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
According to Section 1 of the Constitution of Australia, Parliament consists of the Queen of Australia, the House of Representatives (the "lower house"), and the Senate (the "upper house" or "house of review").
The Parliament of Australia is modelled on the Parliament of the United Kingdom and, to a lesser extent, the Congress of the United States.
Parliament granted a seat to the Northern Territory in 1922, and to the Australian Capital Territory in 1948; these territorial representatives, however, had only limited voting rights until 1968.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Australian_Parliament   (1724 words)

  
 Parliament of Australia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Parliament of Australia is a bicameral parliament consisting of the Queen of Australia, the House of Representatives (the "lower house") and the Senate (the "upper house" or "house of review").
Section 1 of the Constitution of Australia provides that: "The legislative power of the Commonwealth shall be vested in a Federal Parliament, which shall consist of the Queen, a Senate, and a House of Representatives, and which is herein-after called 'The Parliament,' or 'The Parliament of the Commonwealth'."
The Commonwealth Parliament was opened on 9 May 1901 in the Royal Exhibition Building.
www.bucyrus.us /project/wikipedia/index.php/Australian_Parliament   (1410 words)

  
 Package sent to Australian parliament harmless - Boston.com - Australia/Antarctica - News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Australian Federal Police said the Indonesian embassy had been cleared to reopen on Friday after health authorities found the powder to be harmless.
Police said one person in the Australian parliament house's mail room underwent decontamination as precautionary measure after coming into contact with the white powder in the package addressed to Downer.
The parliament was not evacuated and Prime Minister John Howard remained inside the building holding meetings.
www.boston.com /news/world/australia/articles/2005/06/03/package_sent_to_australian_parliament_harmless_1117777869   (330 words)

  
 LLRX.com - Update to Researching Australian Law
Nick was the convenor of the Australian and New Zealand university law librarians group from 1993 to 1999 and was local convenor of the IALL conference held in Melbourne in September 1999.
The Australian Commonwealth Parliament and those of the States are bicameral, with the exception of that of the State of Queensland which abolished its upper house in 1922.
Australian Law Reform Commission is the best known Australian law reform agency.
www.llrx.com /features/australian.htm   (4798 words)

  
 The Australian: Nauru parliament deadlocked (archived)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Nauru's parliament has been without a speaker, deadlocked on a replacement and unable to sit since April 7, when speaker Ludwig Scotty resigned over the nation's financial woes.
The Australian government two weeks ago signed a treaty with Nauru to help it out of a financial crisis, after the US company General Electric Capital Corporation moved to recover debts of more than $230 million.
In a statement, Mr Seneviratne said Mr Harris could remain in power unless the parliament was dissolved and a new president elected, or if he resigned.
www.theaustralian.news.com.au /common/story_page/0,5744,9469110^1702,00.html   (300 words)

  
 The Australian Parliament
Definitions of Parliament and other key terms, explanations of the workings of the parliamentary system, some history of the Australian Parliament, statistics on members and factsheets.
The House of Representatives is the lower house of the Australian Parliament.
The Australian Senate is one of the most powerful upper houses of any parliament in the world.
www.australianpolitics.com /parliament   (562 words)

  
 Australian Government Attorney-General's Department - Attorney General's Department - Australias Legal System   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Australian Parliament consists of the Queen (who is represented in Australia by the Governor-General), the Senate, and the House of Representatives.
The Australian Constitution was passed as part of a British Act of Parliament in 1900, and took effect on 1 January 1901.
The Australian Constitution provides that the judicial power of the Commonwealth of Australia is to be vested in a 'Federal Supreme Court, to be called the High Court of Australia'.
www.law.gov.au /www/agdHome.nsf/AllDocs/RWPA5C949DB88E95857CA256BB300154E38?OpenDocument   (6932 words)

  
 Parliament & Executive Essay Questions
Assess the impact that political parties have had upon the operations and effectiveness of the Australian parliament.
"Parliament is often criticised as just a 'talking shop' with all decisions cut and dried; and that, except for giving members of the House and the Senate the opportunity to let off a bit of "steam" or "hot air", it serves little purpose as a forum for debate." Discuss this point of view.
Discuss the role of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament.
www.australianpolitics.com /parliament/essays.shtml   (1868 words)

  
 Australia As a Republic
The Queen is the head of state of each of the Australian States and the State constitutions all reflect the central role of the Crown as part of the Parliament and Executive of the State.
Moreover, the creation of an Australian office of head of state would provide an opportunity to consider the manner in which the functions of the office are to be carried out and to determine what is appropriate for Australia, including the introduction of certainty as to the extent of those functions.
The primary question for Australians to consider in the course of the republic debate is whether Australia should have an Australian citizen chosen by Australians as its head of state, or whether it should retain as its head of state the person who is monarch of the United Kingdom.
www.irishaustralia.com /Australian/Government/ausrepublic.htm   (6826 words)

  
 ABC News - Australian Parliament House - 10 Years On
The Australian Parliament spent the first quarter of the century in Melbourne, initially in the Exhibition Buildings but then in the Victorian Parliament House.
After approval by Parliament the winner was announced in June 1980 setting in train one of the nation's most adventurous construction projects.
Other activities at Parliament House during May to mark the anniversary include presentation of eucalypt seedlings to visiting school groups, a photographic exhibition and illumination of the building with the ACT Electricity and Water authority sponsoring the required energy.
www.abc.net.au /news/features/aph/page01.htm   (914 words)

  
 Women in Parliament - Parliament of Victoria
Ironically, although Victoria was the last Australian State both to enable women to vote in parliamentary elections, and to allow them to be Members of Parliament; it had actually empowered women to vote just seven years after the opening of the first Parliament of Victoria.
By some oversight the Parliament overlooked earlier local government legislation that had permitted women to be added to the municipal rolls for local government elections.
Like many women entering Parliament, most of her children had left home when she embarked on a political career; those still at home were past the stage of needing constant attention.
www.parliament.vic.gov.au /women.html   (3365 words)

  
 PEO resources: A short history of Parliament
Originally, Parliament was a meeting of people from three levels in the society: the King, the lords (including the bishops and barons) and the commons (the Knights and representatives of towns).
The Parliament met wherever the king was staying, but after Westminster Hall was built (just before 1100) the Parliament usually met at Westminster in London where the King usually lived.
The Queensland Parliament abolished its upper house in 1922.
www.peo.gov.au /resources/history.html   (2257 words)

  
 PEO resources: Parliament House: the building
This provisional Parliament House was designed and built in the new national capital of Canberra as a small, temporary building.
There are many other activities that take place in a Parliament such as the radio and television broadcasting from the press gallery and printing reports and other documents in the basement.
Australian paintings and sculpture by past and present Australians decorate the walls of offices and public spaces.
www.peo.gov.au /resources/building.html   (1468 words)

  
 Suspicious package sent to Australian parliament - Boston.com - Australia/Antarctica - News   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
A suspicious package addressed to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer forced the closure of the parliament house loading dock on Friday and the decontamination of parliamentary staff, police said.
CANBERRA (Reuters) - A suspicious package addressed to Australian Foreign Minister Alexander Downer forced the closure of the parliament house loading dock on Friday and the decontamination of parliamentary staff, police said.
A Reuters correspondent in parliament said the underground loading dock, which receives mail at the building, had been closed.
www.boston.com /news/world/australia/articles/2005/06/03/suspicious_package_sent_to_australian_parliament   (293 words)

  
 1927 Parliament House Australian Silver Florin   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
The Federal Parliament transferred from Melbourne to Canberra in May 1927 and was opened in a grand ceremony by the future George VI known then as the Duke of York and his wife, The Queen Mum, as she became known as in her later years.
Although designed by Sir Edgar Bertram Mackenal, who designed the normal circulating George V issues, the portrait is of a distinctive style, showing a crowned George V facing left.
Many people put these coins away and as a result can often be found in higher grades at affordable prices, whilst the reverse is true for the "normal" issue of this year.
www.geocities.com /yodaiz/coins/florins/27ph.htm   (317 words)

  
 Australia Now - Australia's System of Government
The Australian Constitution sets out the powers of government in three separate chapters for the legislature, the executive and the judiciary, but insists that members of the executive must also be members of the legislature.
Although Australian commentators observe that elections have become more 'presidential' in the sense that some American campaign methods are used, the basic structure of the Australian system tends to emphasise policy stances rather than the character of individual politicians.
The Council of Australian Governments (COAG) is a forum to initiate, develop and implement national policy reforms requiring cooperative action between the three levels of national, state/territory and local government.
www.dfat.gov.au /facts/sys_gov.html   (1075 words)

  
 australianpolitics.com
The oldest party in Australia is the Australian Labor Party, which was formed in 1890.
Amongst the myriad minor parties, the Australian Democrats have been the most successful since their formation in 1977, but are now being challenged by the Australian Greens.
Famous Quotations, political and otherwise, are included here, as are daily quotes on politics from the Australian media, a feature begun in 2001, and maintained throughout the months of January, February, March, April, May and June in 2002.
www.australianpolitics.com   (1189 words)

  
 CNN.com - Bush heckled in Canberra speech - Oct. 23, 2003
Facing criticism both inside and outside the Australian Parliament, the U.S. president defended the war in Iraq.
Bush personally lauded Australian Prime Minister John Howard for his "exceptional courage" in committing Australian troops to the war in Iraq and said Australians were traditionally the "first to step forward to fight" in a just cause.
The Australian government has been a staunch supporter of the Bush administration's war on terror, contributing troops and military hardware to the actions in Afghanistan and Iraq and backing the U.S. position in international forums such as the United Nations.
www.cnn.com /2003/WORLD/asiapcf/southeast/10/23/apec.special.bush.australia   (737 words)

  
 Australian parliament revokes ban on 'Mate'   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Australian Prime Minister John Howard on Friday said it was 'absurd' to require security guards at the country's Parliament House to stop addressing visitors and lawmakers as 'mate' and one of his predecessors called it rampant pomposity.
The ban was imposed this week among guards and attendants at the building in Canberra, Australian media reported.
The information contained in the AP News report may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed without the prior written authority of The Associated Press.
www.rediff.com /news/2005/aug/19mate.htm   (342 words)

  
 Welcome to the Australian Greens Online - View Document   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Australian Greens Senator Kerry Nettle today called on Immigration Minister Vanstone to take a lead on cultural change by offering a deported Indonesian journalist an opportunity to care for his elderly mother who is a permanent resident.
Australian Greens Senator for Tasmania, Christine Milne, has called on the federal coalition and state Labor governments to recognise the severe disadvantages facing people in the electorate of Braddon and take steps to address the causes of poverty.
Calls by Australian politicians for cuts in fuel excise or greater tax advantages for business in the face of rising petrol prices are a failure of political leadership, Australian Greens energy spokesperson Senator Christine Milne said today.
www.greens.org.au   (922 words)

  
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The Parliament of Australia is a bicameral parliament consisting of the House of Representatives (the "lower house") and the Senate (the "upper house" or "house of review").
They do, however, have Parliamentary privilege: they cannot be sued for anything they say about each other or about persons outside the Parliament.
The only Senator to be chosen as Prime Minister, John Gorton, immediately resigned from the Senate and was elected to the House in a by-election.
www.informationgenius.com /encyclopedia/p/pa/parliament_of_australia.html   (516 words)

  
 Aristean Calendar in Australian Parliament
However, Mr Fernando, a Filipino migrant, has immense pride in being an Australian citizen and belies that Australia has the courage to initiate and spearhead such a reform and that it can persuade the rest of the world to follow.
"Mr Fernando would like to see the Australian Parliament agree, in principle, to his proposed perpetual calendar, with a view to proclaiming the calendar at the opening ceremony of the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.
Mr Fernando is a person who had the desire and courage to speak up and share his inspiration with other Australians.
www.geocities.com /peacecrusader888/parliament.htm   (652 words)

  
 USATODAY.com - Bush heckled by Australian parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Bush told a divided Parliament that the war in Iraq was right and inevitable, but that Americans and Australians "still have decisive days ahead" and that the broader war on terror could be long and drawn out.
Bush also met privately with Australian soldiers who fought in Iraq and in Afghanistan, before Howard escorted Bush to the bottom step of Air Force One for the 10-hour flight to Hawaii.
Thousands of demonstrators banged drums and shouted outside the Parliament building while a separate group of protesters jostled with security officials outside the U.S. embassy compound where Bush stayed overnight.
www.usatoday.com /news/world/2003-10-23-bush-trip_x.htm   (953 words)

  
 Sanity of the Australian Parliament - Uncyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
In 1957, following the resignation of Jimmy O'Crikey as Prime Minister, the Australian Parliament fell into chaos.
Venomous attacks followed an influx of venomous reptiles, most of the latter being elder statesmen on the plonk.
Then at three AM on July third, the minority-whip-snicker Fab Buggeral and five junior MOPs took what little sanity remained, placed it an a beer can left over from the American occupation of Queensland, and shoved it up a chicken's arse.
www.uncyclopedia.org /wiki/Sanity_of_the_Australian_Parliament   (155 words)

  
 CNN - Demonstrators storm Australian parliament - August 19, 1996
CANBERRA, Australia (CNN) -- In perhaps the worst violence ever seen at the Australian parliament, demonstrators protesting proposed government budget cuts and changes in labor laws smashed through glass doors at the front of the building and clashed with police in the lobby.
The rally began with a peaceful march from downtown Canberra to the parliament building.
Most of the protesters chanted slogans and listened to speeches outside as protest banners were hung on the building.
www.cnn.com /WORLD/9608/19/australia.protest   (355 words)

  
 Qatar Airways | Qatar Airways CEO addresses Australian Parliament   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-07)
Bruce Baird MP, Chairman of the Friends of Tourism to speak in the Australian Parliament, Mr.
Al Baker was delighted to take the opportunity of being only the second ever non-political person to be invited to speak in the parliament, and to introduce his country and airline to its members.
The presentation at the House of Representatives was well attended with more than 50 members of parliament, together with the Minister of Tourism himself attending the meeting.
www.flyqatar.biz /6.762.0.0.1.0.htm   (984 words)

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