By Rama Gaind
PS News Books
Government in Australia: How Our Democracy Works
By Melissa Kennedy (New Holland Publishers, $19.95, hardcover, 48 pages)
Rules are essential for people living together and in consultation with the community, it’s the government that decides what’s best for the people.
Have you ever wondered who fixes the potholes in the road, who is in charge of the airport and who organises to pick up garbage from outside your homes? It’s the government who looks after all these things to ensure that we all live a healthier, happier and safer life.
Imagine living in a place without roads and transport. What would happen if there was nobody to make sure that laws were followed, to keep our environment safe and clean, to plan where buildings should go or to help look after the elderly and sick people?
We need government to take care of many of these things, but Government in Australia: How Our Democracy Works simply sets the record straight on political systems, how the government and courts work and what exactly politicians do all day.
Australia’s system of government is a parliamentary democracy which means ‘government by the people’. We elect individuals to decide on our behalf. Australia has three levels of government – Federal, State and Local Government – with separate or overlapping duties.
This is a useful guide for young and old, complete with colour photographs and illustrations, activities to test our knowledge, an index, a glossary to explain words about government and a list of websites to get more information.
Find out about political systems, how the courts work, election systems, how local councils operate, different kinds of government and what exactly politicians do all day.
There are also interesting facts about the workings of the House of Representatives and the Senate. You will find the answers to many questions including why the lower house has green décor and the Senate chamber red.
To find out more about Rama Gaind click here.