What is the Government?
The Government is made up of the Prime Minister,
Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries. The Governor-General
also plays a role in the Government.
The political party or coalition
that holds the majority of seats in the House of Representatives
is known as the governing party.
Government’s main task is to govern—to make
policies, propose new laws and administer existing laws.
is the difference between the Government and the Parliament?
Government has different functions from the Parliament. The Parliament
considers and agrees to proposed new laws (bills),
a check on government actions and debates government policies
and other issues.
The Government leads the Parliament, but
is at the same time answerable to it. A government bill cannot
become a law unless
agrees to it. Parliament must also approve the Government’s
plans for spending public money.