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Politics in Australia

In Australia, we have 3 levels of government:

  • federal government
Federal government building
  • state government
State government building
  • local government.
Local government building

Each level of government is made up of elected representatives.

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Elected representatives are the people we vote for.

When you vote, you are helping to choose who runs our country.

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Elected representatives make decisions about:

  • policies – government plans for how things will be done
  • laws.
Policy and law documents

Activism is when people do things that aim to change things in:

  • politics
  • their community.

For example, you can:

  • take part in a protest
  • sign a petition – a document that people sign to ask for something to change
  • talk to your elected representative
  • share information on social media.
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