Parliamentary Plan: The 7 Ideas You Can Expect from Parliament

It’s amazing to know that whether you’ve already heard about it on the news or read about it on the books, there’s always something new you can learn about our parliament. It is worth learning—after all, they make laws that serve us.

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The Government at Work

So what else can you learn about the parliament and the government? Take a look at how it works:

Law Making

The Parliament is responsible for making laws on behalf of Australians. This is through a bill that is introduced into the parliament, created by ministers. There are special cases when non-members also create their own bills.

Passing Bills

Bills are passed when all members agree on it. The House of Representatives and the Senate vote whether to pass it or not. The Governor-General is responsible for approving the bill into law.

Representation

In the parliament, each sector of Australia is represented by an MP. The MP is responsible for overseeing laws regarding their section. They are also authorized to listen to the grievances of people living in their respective territories.

Speaking for the People

When they have collected, investigated, or have been approached by people with grievances, they are tasked to bring the problems to light in Parliament. Most of these have been made into concrete laws.

Encouraging Discourse

Outside of the Parliament, people can also approach their MP. It is here that the investigative process happens. It can also be viewed as the government reaching out to its constituents and listening to their concerns or innovative ideas.

Creation of a Governing body

It is the job of the Parliament to vote on who will become the next majority party. To have the majority seats, people usually vote in party members and the party with more seats controls the majority—hence, the governing body.

Investigative Work

The importance of Parliament is highlighted when they discuss discrepancies on certain issues. News of corruption or bribery of members of Parliament, among others, is investigated here.

At Work for You

Learn to use the power given to you wisely, as a constituent demanding fairness from your MPs. Parliament exists just the same way as government exists—to serve the people.

The Good MP: Four Qualities of a Great Representative

It’s always a hard time to choose the people who will represent you. Do they really have the best interests of the territory at heart? How do you know that they will work tirelessly for you? These are only some of the good questions you can ask before you choose a name from the list of candidates.

Before voting, you can always look at these key indicators:


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A Proven Time at Service

There are people who say that they are ready to serve and there are those who have really served. Take a look at a person’s achievements and you’ll have a pretty good idea of what they are like when they serve the people.


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A Great Adviser when Approached

MPs are elected to serve the people. Your ideal candidate will have served people effectively at some capacity—whether as mayor of a town or overseer in an office. You can try to see whether they’ve a proven record of solving problems effectively and efficiently by looking at their backgrounds.


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Loyalty to the Cause

Your potential MP will belong to a party at some point. Take a look at his background with the party and learn whether he was loyal at some point—or if he managed to vote against an issue that wasn’t well. His belief in the good points of your preferred party is a good thing to note too.


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A Review of their Platform

While loyalty to the party and its beliefs is important, your ideal MP should have a list of his or her own policies. Review these policies thoroughly, if you can. It will tell you whether your interests are at the core of the MPs service.

Running for parliament is no joke. Aside from making laws, the people expect their MPs to serve their best interests and be as pure as they can. Support your MPs by believing in the cause their party serves, or call them out when they err in their service.


Respecting the Room: Five Things not to do When in Parliament

Parliament is no different from your everyday office. Once you vote a minister in the parliament to office, he or she is respected to act as a duly sworn-in representative of the public. They are expected to behave, dress, and speak accordingly.

The Simple Rules

Being a duly elected representative of the people, MPs should be a cut above the rest. If they are in Parliament, therefore, they are expected to:


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Not Vote in Secret

A certain transparency is required when you serve in Parliament. Although MPs do have the option to cast votes on certain issues in secret—such as the Brexit vote, in the UK Parliament’s example—a vote made with full knowledge of the people is preferred.


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Polite to the Speaker

No one can resist the small talk, not even in Parliament. However, politicians are only required to acknowledge speaking to the Speaker of the House. It is only polite—after all, they are in the House to do their jobs.


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Make Firm Decisions

Such as in cases of the Brexit in the UK, MPs should be ready to make the big decisions. Some of these decisions, even if unpopular, should be made, if it serves the greater interest of the people in the long run.


Call Anyone Names

Have you seen representatives in other countries result to fisticuffs over certain issues? That’s what happens when the insults get on a personal level. In Parliament, no MP is ever given the green light to do that.


Be Casually Dressed

It might be a lighter requirement, but MPs are never allowed to be in their casual when in the Parliament. Dressing appropriately can be seen as a sign of respect to the House. Therefore, only business formal suits are allowed.


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The Big Issues

When your MP is deciding on the big issues, isn’t it a good thing if you see him or her dressed and acting as required for it? MPs are expected to be models of law and obedience to it. Therefore, they can only act in accordance with the law.