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3 Parliament

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Factsheet 3.1 - Queensland Electoral And Parliamentary History

Queensland Electoral And Parliamentary History : Key Dates And Events

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.2 - Queensland Parliament: Celebrating 150 years in 2010

In 2009, Queensland celebrated Q150. This marked the 150th anniversary of Queensland’s creation following its separation from the colony of New South Wales in 1859.

Suitable for: Primary , Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.3 - Queensland Parliament Structure and Functions

According to section 2A of the Constitution Act 1867, the Queensland Parliament consists of the Queen (usually represented by the State Governor) and the Legislative Assembly.

Suitable for: Primary , Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.4 - Seating Plan

Suitable for: Primary , Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.5 - Legislation Process FAQ

What is a Bill? A Bill is a proposal for a law, either a new law or a change to an existing law, placed before the Parliament for its consideration.

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.6 - The Legislative Process - The Making of an Act (complex)

The Legislation Process (for ordinary non-urgent Government Bills having passage in the ‘normal’ way).

Suitable for: Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.7 - The Legislative Process - The Making of a Law (simplified)

The majority of Bills introduced into the Queensland Parliament are by the Government. Ministers are responsible for introducing these Bills into the Parliament.

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.8 - Question Time

One of the most lively and politically opportunistic times during a parliamentary sitting day is Question Time. This is when the Chamber becomes a forum for the Opposition in particular, to extract information, to question and to scrutinise the policies and actions of the Government.

Suitable for: Primary , Secondary

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Factsheet 3.9 - Parliamentary Committees

What is a committee? A parliamentary committee is a body established by the Parliament to inquire into specific matters.

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.11 - The Queensland Parliament and the Financial Process

Includes information and commentary by Honorary Research Fellow Dr Paul Reynolds. Parliamentary Scrutiny In a Westminster democracy the power of
Parliament to raise, spend and oversee the expenditure of public finance lies at the heart of the system of government.

Suitable for: Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.12 - Estimates Process

One of the most important powers that the Queensland Parliament holds over the Government is the control of the appropriation of public funds (Supply) from the public accounts.

Suitable for: Secondary

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Factsheet 3.12 - Estimates Committees

Includes information and commentary by Honorary Research Fellow Dr Paul Reynolds. The parliamentary system originated primarily to raise money for the purposes of governing and often to levy taxes for war.

Suitable for: Tertiary

Factsheet 3.13 Office of the Speaker

Factsheet 3.13 - The Office of the Speaker

Includes information on the procedural and ceremonial duties of the Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and Speakers since 1859.

Suitable for: Primary , Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.14 - Role of the Opposition

The Opposition in Parliament. The Opposition constitutes the second largest political party or coalition of parties in the Legislative Assembly.

Suitable for: Primary , Secondary

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Factsheet 3.15 - A Day in Parliament

The chamber of the Queensland Parliament is called the Legislative Assembly of Queensland. The Queensland parliament usually sits for three days a week, from Tuesday to Thursday, with the dates of each sitting week determined by the Government at the start of each calendar year or after an election.

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.16 - Shadow Ministry

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Factsheet 3.17 - The Role of a Member of Parliament

The role of a Member of Parliament is a multifunctional one. They have a responsibility to three primary groups in their capacity as the elected representative for their electorate.

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.18 - The Role of an Independent Member of Parliament

A Member of Parliament who does not belong to or represent a political party is called an Independent. A person can run as an independent at elections or a sitting Member of Parliament may decide to revoke their party allegiance and become an independent.

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.19 - People Of Parliament

Elected Officers. Elected officers are Members of the Legislative Assembly who are elected by their fellow Members of Parliament to perform traditional parliamentary roles.

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.20 - Abolition of the Legislative Council

Unicameral legislatures, or parliaments with only one chamber, are uncommon in Westminster parliamentary democracies. It is generally considered that the preferred parliamentary model is two chambers with both a Lower House and an Upper House of review.

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

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Factsheet 3.21 - Opening Of Parliament

An Opening of Parliament is a significant event in the parliamentary calendar. The proceedings are important constitutionally but are also colourful and dignified, with an accompanying sense of occasion which the event warrants.

Suitable for: Secondary

Factscheet 3.22 Overview of the Parliamentary Reform and Modernisation Initiatives

Factsheet 3.22 Overview of the Parliament Reform and Modernisation Initiatives

Following a bipartisan review of the parliamentary committee system by the Parliament’s Committee System Review Committee, significant and historic changes to Queensland’s system of parliamentary committees and the legislative process of the Legislative Assembly have been adopted.

Suitable for: Secondary , Tertiary

Factsheet 3.23 Fundamental Legislative Principles

Factsheet 3.23 Fundamental Legislative Principles

In Queensland, fundamental legislative principles (FLPs) require that legislation (both Bills and subordinate legislation) should have sufficient regard to the rights and liberties of individuals and to the institution of Parliament.

Suitable for: Secondary , Senior Public Servants , Tertiary

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Facthseet 3-24 Voting in the Queensland Parliament

In the Queensland Parliament, all questions are decided by members of Parliament voting.

Suitable for: All levels

The Queensland Parliament's PNG Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships Project

Factsheet 3.25 - The Queensland Parliament's PNG Pacific Parliamentary Partnerships Program

The PNG Pacific Parliamentary Partnership Project is a joint initiative of the Papua New Guinea (PNG), Queensland and Australian Parliaments and the Centre for Democratic Institutions (CDI) at the Australian National University.

Suitable for: Secondary

Twinning Arrangements

Factsheeet 3.26 - Twinning Arrangements

This fact sheet explains the Queensland Parliament’s twinning arrangements with the Vanuatu and Papua New Guinea National Parliaments.

Suitable for: Secondary