The Representative Democracy of Australia

1971 WordsJan 30, 20188 Pages
Australian government takes the form of a representative democracy. Encompassing a political system which allows eligible citizens to vote to elect candidates to govern the nation on their behalf. In conjunction, there are numerous principles Australians consider democracy must embody, if the nation is to be considered a democracy at all. At the heart of Australian democracy are the core defining values of: freedom of election and being elected; freedom of assembly and political participation; freedom of speech, expression and religious belief; the rule of law; and other basic human rights. Such as those proposed by The Honourable Aharon Barak, President of the Supreme Court of Israel, who having noted that all democracies share common characteristics, suggested these included public safety and security, the democratic values of the State and its very existence. The premise of terrorism has expedited the initiation of integral changes to the legal system, reducing the rule of law and eroding established civil liberties and legal protections. The counter-terrorism measures introduced in Australia confer a power to compel submission to interrogation, a power to detain and interrogate without charge, and a power of preventative detention. In doing so these laws jeopardise the rule of law, expand executive power, diminish existing rights, endanger the separation of powers, and undermine judicial procedures. Further the legislative definition of ‘terrorism’ provides for the
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