Influence of Political Parties
Organized groups that attempt to influence the government by electing their members to important government offices
Mechanisms of Influencing:
Ways through which influence can occur:
Political parties can create legislation through their exectutive dominance in the HoR. (an example being the Carbon Pollution Reduction Scheme)
Examples of Political Parties Influencing
Turnbull introduced legislation which prevented union workers from entering construction sites, and if charged are guilty before innocent.
Passes in HOR due to executive dominance but failed in the Senate.
Turnbull gets G.G to prorogue parliament. Senate votes no and a double dissolution occurs; he loses seats in the Senate.
Major amendments made to the bill and onus of proof was scrapped.
Phelps, an independent, introduces a PMB (priv mem bill) which went against pre-existing legislation.
The bill was filibustered and died.
Home affairs bill passed in HOR but wouldn’t in the Senate; Storer adds medevac legislation to the bill and it passes in the Senate due to the crossbench and ALP.
When it goes back to the HoR, it passes as well due to the nature of a minority govt after the leadership spill
Carbon Tax (2011/2012)
Julia Gillard PM, with the help of the Greens party, passed a legislation that put a tax on carbon.
Since they were in a minority govt, the bill wouldn't have passed without the Greens