A Caretaker Government or a Government That Doesn’t Care

The South Australian Department of Premier and Cabinet has published a document entitled: “CARETAKER CONVENTIONS AND PRE-ELECTION PRACTICES” The document explicitly recognises that after the dissolution of Parliament, the business of government MUST CONTINUE and that “ORDINARY MATTERS OF ADMINISTRATION” must be addressed. Government departments are expected to operate normally. The only restrictions on government during this period ...

It’s Slipping Away ……

Think of every woman you’ve ever loved. Think of every woman you’ve ever known. Think of every woman you’ve ever seen. Think of every woman you’ve ever heard of. If they are in Australia, more than half of them have been sexually harassed. More than half of them. Just read the latest report from the Australian Bureau of Statistics.   Is there any ...

Weatherill’s Parallel Universe – Oakden and Ministerial Responsibility

The Theory: Ministerial responsibility is an oath taken by ministers that makes them accountable to the Parliament. It is central to the Parliamentary system because it ensures the accountability of the government to the legislature and so, to the people. This differs from the collective responsibility of Cabinet which demands that members of the Cabinet must publicly ...