Interesting Particular Features

  Parliaments and Local Councils Interesting Particular Features
Commonwealth
Head of State
Governor-general
Leader of Government
Prime Minister
Senate Legislative power to provide international electoral assistance.
House of Representatives  
New South Wales
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council How-to-vote cards distributed on election day must be registered.
Registration of parties.
Political Education Funding.
Legislative Assembly  
Local Councils Issue of "Candidate Information Sheets".
Registration of Parties.
How-to-vote cards distributed on election day must be registered.
Victoria
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council How-to-vote cards distributed on election day must be registered.
Registration of Political Parties.
Legislative Assembly  
Local Councils Many Council elections conducted by post.
City of Melbourne: Corporations entitled to 2 representatives each on voters' roll.
Queensland
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
(Legislative Council abolished 1922)
Legislative Assembly
One House of Parliament.
Local Councils Brisbane City Council is the largest Local Government in population and budget in Australia.
Western Australia
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council At a redistribution different quotients are applied to metropolitan and country areas.
Legislative Assembly  
Local Councils  
South Australia
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council Provision for candidates to lodge a voting ticket in Council and Assembly elections.
House of Assembly  
Local Councils State Electoral Commissioner
  1. certifies all representation reviews and
  2. conducts elections and polls at the request of Councils.
Tasmania
Head of State
Governor
Leader of Government
Premier
Legislative Council Electioneering and how-to-vote cards not permitted on polling day.
Persons turning 18 between close of rolls and polling day may vote.
House of Assembly Electioneering and how-to-vote cards not permitted on polling day.
Persons turning 18 between close of rolls and polling day may vote.
Local Councils Elections by universal postal vote.
Northern Territory
Head of State
Administrator
Leader of Government
Chief Minister
Legislative Assembly Candidates' phonographs appear on the ballot paper. At election time a large area of the Territory is serviced by mobile polling teams. At general elections absent voting is undertaken at all polling places.
Municipal Councils All Councils usually appoint the Chief Electoral Officer to conduct their elections.
Local Councils Elections by universal postal vote.
Australian Capital Territory
Head of State
Governor-general (the Governor-general has certain reserve powers and can disallow legislation, recommend amendments to legislation and under extreme circumstance dissolve the Assembly.)
Leader of Government
Chief Minister (The Chief Minister is elected by the Assembly and exercises a number of powers normally exercised by a Governor including appointment of Ministers and signing law into effect.)
Legislative Assembly No absent voting. Ordinary voting from all polling places and all prepoll voting centres for all electorates.
Electioneering and how to vote cards not permitted within 100 metres of a polling place. The ACT is unique in combining Local and Territory levels of government. The Legislative Assembly levels is elected to carry out all Territory and Local Government responsibilities. Voting by computer will be available at some ACT polling places for the 2001 election.

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