"What is the difference between the Australian Parliament and the Australian Government?"

The Australian Parliament consists of the Queen (represented by the Governor-General), the Senate and the House of Representatives. The parliament:

The Australian Government is part of the Parliament. At a federal election, the party or coalition of parties with the support of the majority of members elected to the House of Representatives becomes the government. The leader of the government is the Prime Minister who is a member of the House of Representatives. The government:

The government is accountable to the Parliament and can be subject to scrutiny by other members of parliament including the opposition, minor parties and independents. Members of parliament can scrutinise the work of the government through a variety of ways including during Question Time and Senate estimates.

For more information on the Australian Parliament and the Australian Government, head to the PEO website.

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