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ACHCK048

The key features of government under the Australian Constitution with a focus on: the separation of powers, the roles of the Executive, the Houses of Parliament, and the division of powers

Elaborations

  • exploring the concept of the separation of powers between the legislature, executive and judiciary and how it seeks to prevent the excessive concentration of power (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding)
  • using an issue such as water management, education or health to explore the division of powers between state/territory and federal levels of government and identifying the way that conflicts between state laws and Commonwealth laws are resolved (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding)
  • describing the role of the Governor-General, the different roles of the House of Representatives and the Senate, the Prime Minister, ministers or the Cabinet and courts (Skills: Literacy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability, Ethical Understanding)
  • identifying the principles of representative and responsible government that underpin the Australian Constitution (Skills: Ethical Understanding)
  • identifying the composition of the Legislature (the Queen, represented by the Governor-General, and the Senate and the House of Representatives), Executive (the Queen, represented by the Governor-General, Prime Minister and ministers) and Judiciary (the High Court and other federal courts) (Skills: Ethical Understanding)
  • discussing how ministers are subject to the scrutiny of other members of the parliament led by an officially recognised opposition (Skills: Ethical Understanding)

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