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Australia

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Senate

This is a bicameral parliament. Switch to theHouse of Representatives

Oversight

Data on parliament’s oversight role and activities

Oversight tools

Parliament has the power to summon members of the government
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Australian Constitution, s 49/50
Parliament has the power to summon senior government officials
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Australian Constitution, s 49/50
Parliament has the power to approve key government appointments Key government appointments include, for example, ambassadors or the head of the central bank.
Approximate number of government appointments subject to parliamentary approval
0
Number of written questions asked, per year
Not available
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Number of written questions answered by the government, per year
Not available
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Notes
2013-2017 totals combine written questions answered for both chambers of parliament
Parliament has power to carry out inquiries
Yes
Source Legal documents that stipulate parliament's role.
Australian Constitution, s 49/50
Number of parliamentary inquiries, per year
Not available
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Notes
2013-2017 totals represent inquiries tabled by the Senate

Head of State and/or Government

The Head of Government is also the Head of State
No

Impeachment and confidence motions

Parliament is automatically dissolved when a motion of no confidence is adopted In some countries, the adoption of a motion of no confidence in the Government automatically leads to the dissolution of Parliament in certain countries. In other cases, a new government can be formed.
No