"Why do we have a parliament?"

Having a parliament is important and necessary because it is the place where decisions that shape the nation are made.

The word ‘parliament’ comes from the French word parler meaning ‘to talk or speak’; parliament is a place for representatives to assemble and discuss issues affecting the nation.

Australians choose representatives to speak for them in parliament by voting at federal elections.

The Australian Parliament has 4 main roles:

This fact sheet will tell you more about the structure and key functions of the Australian Parliament.

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