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- Australian Constitution: www.aph.gov.au/About_Parliament/Senate/Powers_practice_n_procedures/Constitution
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Q. What is a Double Dissolution
- The House passes a bill and sends it to the Senate.
- The Senate rejects it, or fails to pass it, or passes it with amendments to which the House does not agree.
- Three months must pass, from the time the Senate acts (or fails to act).
- The House of Representatives passes the bill again (with or without Senate amendments).
- The Senate again rejects the bill, or fails to pass it, or passes it with amendments to which the House does not agree.
- The Prime Minister is able to approach the Governor-General to seek the dissolution of parliament.
- Both Houses are dissolved by the Governor-General in what is called a double dissolution and an election is held. This election is significant because it is the only occasion on which all the Senators face election at the same time.
- Following the election the bill may again be introduced. The House of Representatives again passes the bill (with or without Senate amendments).
- If the Senate again fails to pass the bill, or again passes it with amendments to which the House does not agree, the Governor-General can convene a joint sitting of the two Houses. This power also is exercised on government advice.
- The joint sitting votes on the bill or bills, and on any disputed amendments. An absolute majority is required to pass the bill(s) – ie more than 50% of the total number of the members of both Houses.
- If the bill(s) is/are passed, the Governor-General gives assent and the bill(s) become law.
- More than one Bill may provide the basis for a double dissolution. It is possible for a government to save up (or “stockpile”) double dissolution bills as ‘triggers’ during a term of Parliament, in order to get them all passed at the same time.
In exercising the power to dissolve both Houses, the Governor-General acts on government advice.