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Australia is a representative democracy. In this political system, eligible people vote for candidates to carry out the business of governing on their behalf. Australia’s system of government—its institutions and practices—reflect British and North American traditions combined in a way that is uniquely Australian.
The Australian democracy has at its heart, the following core defining values:
- freedom of election and being elected;
- freedom of assembly and political participation;
- freedom of speech, expression and religious belief;
- rule of law; and
- other basic human rights.
For further reading, see Australia’s System of Government fact sheet.
What is Democracy?
This animated video provides a fun introduction to some of the key features of Australian democracy.
SOURCE: Aust. Human Rights Commission (2018), Posted on YouTube, Duration: 1:37 mins, URL: https://youtu.be/8Eu6G5YrBt4
Democracy in Australia: An Introduction
We begin with an overview of Australia's secular representative government and major parties, followed by a step-by-step outline of the electoral process and three levels of government. Next we explore what it means to be an Australian citizen including our duties and responsibilities, and finally we discuss how we can exercise our rights and responsibilities as Australian citizens.
SOURCE: Clickview (2010), Rating: E, Duration: 12:57 mins, URL: https://clickv.ie/w/0GAi
Books from the Library
Australia's Political System by The last federal election has brought renewed public focus on the electoral process. The rise of minor parties and independent politicians has shifted the balance of power as the major political parties and voters contend with a complex political landscape involving special interests and preference deals. This book presents an overview of the structure and functions of Australia's government, and explains how voting systems work.
Call Number: eBOOK
Publication Date: 2014
The Australian Democracy
Call Number: 321.809 REI
Publication Date: 2009
Government in Australia: How our democracy works
Call Number: 321.8 KEN
Publication Date: 2010