How are laws made?

The Australian Parliament has the power to make or change laws in Australia to benefit the nation.

  • If a member of the Australian Parliament proposes to introduce a new law or change an existing one, this proposal is called a �Bill�.
  • The House of Representatives and the Senate consider, debate and vote on whether they agree with the Bill.
  • If the majority of members in each House of Parliament agree to the Bill, it goes to the Governor-General.
  • The Governor-General signs a Bill so that it becomes law. This is called �Royal Assent�.

State and territory parliaments make their own laws in a similar way.

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