Good question about our political leaders, Joelle! The leaders of the political parties in the Australian Parliament are elected in two main ways:
- In some political parties, the parliamentary members of the party vote to elect the leader. Parliamentary members are senators and members of the House of Representatives.
- In other political parties, both parliamentary members and non-parliamentary members of the party get a say in the leader of their party.
You can find out more about political parties here or take a look at these fact sheets to discover how the Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition are elected.