"What is the role of the Governor-General in allowing a conscience vote?"

A conscience—free vote—means that members of parliament are not forced to vote with their political party. instead, they can vote according to their own beliefs. Each parliamentary party decides if its members are allowed a conscience vote on a particular issue.

The Governor-General is the Queen’s representative in Australia. Although the Governor-General has a role in both the governing of Australia and the Australian Parliament, they are not an elected member of parliament. Therefore, they are not involved in the process of a deciding if a conscience vote will be held in Parliament.

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