Australian Senate

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  • Proportional Voting System

    In Australia, there is currently a dual electoral system. In the House of Representatives (lower house), there are 150 single-member seats with preferential voting (Find source). However in the Senate (upper house), there is a single-transferable proportional vote (STV) for each multi-member state (Find source). The proportional representation electoral system is believed to, according to Duverger’s Law, lead to a multi-party system (Find source). Despite this, the Australian House of Represenatives and the Senate is still dominated by two parties- Australian Labor Party and the Coalition. However, proportional representation still benefits minor parties and independents more so than in the single-member seats of the lower house (Sharman…

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  • Political Influences On My Life

    Australia has six major different political parties: the Australian Labor Party, the Liberal Party, The Nationals, the Australian Greens, the Australian Democrats, and One Nation. Formed in 1890, the Australian Labor Party’s commitment is to promote fairness at work, provide access to quality education no matter what a person’s circumstances, and a firm belief that we should all have the same opportunities in life no matter what we do. The Liberal Party was formed from a merger between the…

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  • Reflective Essay-Zaffirini: An Act

    a vehicle without the fear of criminal prosecution or civil action. Also, SB 188 – Uresti – Relating to civil or criminal liability for transporting in, confining in, or removing from a motor vehicle certain animals, is very similar. There are two similar bills submitted in the House of Representative, HB 478 – Israel – Relating to civil liability for removing certain individuals or animals from a motor vehicle and HB 401 – Villalba – Relating to civil or criminal liability for leaving certain…

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  • The Westminster System

    attempted to amend the system; such is the case with the United Kingdom and their House of Lords, as well as the elected Senate in Australia. This is not the case with one of the empire’s former colonies in particular. From its outset, there…

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  • Neville Bonner Case Study

    1946. (Click) He was the first Indigenous Australian to become a member of the Parliament of Australia in 1971. (Click) Initially, Bonner was appointed by the Queensland Parliament to fill a vacancy in the Senate and later was elected to the parliament by popular vote. How were they called? Why did they feel the need to take action? (Click) Bonner was an Aboriginal activist who believed it was in the…

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  • Differences Between House And Senate

    The Difference Between the House and Senate In order to be in The House of Representative, you must be 25 years of age and also a U.S citizen for at least seven years. In order to become a Senator you must be 30 years of age , and been a U.S citizen for the past nine years . The election is usually held in November among the people in the U.S. The House is mainly 435 members and the Senate is 100 members , they both have odd number of people in there group. The House members usually…

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  • Mr Smith Goes To Washington Symbolism

    who was selected to replace a departed Senator. He was chosen in hopes to be easily manipulated to help the corrupt political boss Jim Taylor. While Mr. Smith is in Washington, he is learning and mentored by his father’s friend, Senator Joseph Paine. Senator Paine suggests to Mr. Smith that he should create a bill to keep him occupied. As Mr. Smith creates his bill with the help of his secretary Saunders, they stumble upon an inconvenience. Mr. Jefferson sees the corruption within the Senate,…

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  • Dysfunction Of Congress Essay

    Congress: A Broken Government Throughout history, scholars, politicians, and the general public have been divided into two separate categories: those who agree that Congress is not a broken government and those who disagree with the former and argue that Congress is a broken government. While many factors point toward either argument, the most prominent answer is that Congress is, indeed, broken. The design of Congress, the founder’s intentions for Congress, and the Washington Establishment are…

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  • Education In Texas

    Texas manages to simultaneously rank among the best and worst in the nation when it comes to education, but only because it excels in some fields and fails in others. An unfortunate side effect of this is that some political leaders in Texas think that budget cuts and funding in regards to education can be used to manipulate their power and political campaigns in order to forward their agenda. Education is a window to future careers; children and young adults should have access to educational…

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  • The Senate And House Of Representatives

    Our Congress consists of the Senate and House of Representatives. Every state has two Senators and as many House of Representatives as there are for the amount of people in them. For the state of North Carolina our two Senators are Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. The House of Representative that we have may vary because of the different districts, the one that I have is Craig Horn. Craig Horn has been in the House since 2011 and is up for reelection in 2016. Prior to getting elected for the House…

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