Australia Two Party System Analysis

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Since the result of the 2010 Australian federal election, the issue of whether or not the health of Australia’s liberal democracy necessitating a two party system is debated academically. In this essay it is argued that a two party system is not essential thus the opposing proposition not confirmed by the result of the election. Relevant and contemporary arguments are presented in support of the premise that a hung parliament is of benefit to the health of Australia’s liberal democracy. First, academic definitions of Australia’s liberal democracy and tow party system are discussed. Second, research shows a two party system as an elitist system supported by neo liberalists and an affront to liberal democratic principles. The third argument depicts …show more content…
The Commonwealth of Australia is a constitutional monarchy that uses a form of government based on a liberal democratic tradition. Constitutional refers to the rules and powers of governance set by Australia’s Constitution and monarchy refers to the head of state or king/Queen (Abc.net.au, n.d.). Miragliotta, Errington and Barry (2013) defines Australia’s liberal democracy as a form of limited governance in which elected officials representing the populace work under the ideology of liberty, equality, equity and justice. In contrast, Australia’s two-party-system where two major political parties influence and control the country’s political arena determines legislative majority by misrepresented processes (Miragliotta, Errington & Barry, 2013; Amy, …show more content…
To understand the nature of voting in Australia it is important to understand what political parties want. Political parties both major and minor want to send their members to election in order to win seats in parliament which then gives them political power to pass legislation. On the other hand, organizations or movements either conservative or socialist such as the neoliberal movement on the right of the conservative side want to influence those with political power in order to pass legislation. Though both want to pass legislation, they are very different

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