The Australian Law: A Study

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Australian Law Introduction In government, the concept the separation of powers means that different branches will have various responsibilities. At the same time, select powers are reserved for the states and local jurisdictions. This is designed to prevent possible civil rights abuses from occurring and maintain a government that is responsive to the needs of the general public. ("35 Separation of Powers," 2012) In Australia, these ideas are used to follow different benchmarks and incorporate key concepts from the Westminster system. This is having an impact on how the doctrine of separation of powers is applied. ("35 Separation of Powers," 2012) To fully understand what is happening there will be a focus on: the separation of powers at the federal / state / territorial levels, what it means and how entities are operating. Together, these elements will provide specific insights that will highlight how this doctrine is influencing the way various governments are interacting with each other and the people. How Australia applies the doctrine of separation of powers at both the federal, state or territory levels? On both levels, there is a focus in having the different branches of government separated from each other (i.e. executive, legislative and judicial). Under this basic model, the executive branch is responsible for enforcing the laws. While the legislature (i.e. Parliament), has the power to write laws. The judiciary is responsible for interpreting the laws
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