POL10001 Australian Politics
Opens: Opens9am AEST Monday 16 April 2018(Week 6)
Due:Complete the test by 11.59pm AEST Sunday 22April 2017 (Week 6)
Attempts:This test can only be taken once.
Questions:There are 20 questions in the quiz.
Duration:The test is timed. It will be available for the entirety of Week 6(it will close Sunday 22April at 11:59pm).
Use of sources:This testis notan open book test. You are not permittedto use internet sourcesorlearning materials during this test.
Question types:You will be presented with all questions at the start of the test.You will be able to revisit questions previously responded to if you wish to select a different answer. The online test will include MCQ and short responsequestions about the content of Weeks 1-5 (including the readings).This is a closed-booktest.
Content/material:This test will be based on the content covered from Weeks 1-5. While the questions in this test draw upon topics covered in both the learning materials and the essential readings.
Test results released:Your marks on this test will be made available after the test closes and feedback provided.
Feedback type:This test is a multiple choice and short responsetest.
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Which of the following are set out in Australia’s written constitution?
A. The role of cabinet
B. The role of prime minister
C. The role of the High Court
D. The role of the High Court
What needs to happen in order to call a ‘double dissolution’ of Parliament?
A. The Senate rejects a bill on two separate occasions.
B. Nothing. The Prime Minister just asks the Governor General.
C. The Prime Minister resigns.
D. The House of Representatives passes a no confidence motion against the Speaker.
Which of the following terms are applicable to the Australian (commonwealth) system of government?
A. Liberal Democracy
B. Republican Democracy
C. Absolutist Monarchy
D. All of the above
‘Residual Powers’ are:
A. Powers that remain in the Commonwealth’s hands
B. Powers of the States explicitly written in the constitution
C. Powers residing in the hands of the Governor-General
D. None of the above.
Which of the following is not one of the conventions of Responsible Government?
A. The government is formed from the party or coalition of parties commanding a majority in the House of Representatives.
B. The government remains in office as long as it enjoys the support of a majority in the House of Representatives.
C. Each minister is responsible to parliament individually for his/her conduct, and the conduct of his/her departments.
D. A new election must be called no more than four years from the previous election.
Which of the following statements most closely describes how Socialist ideology views human nature?
A. Humans are generally rational and self-interested individuals
B. Humans are naturally social creatures whose behaviour is shaped by the social context we live in
C. Humans are irrational creatures and need strong government to curb their passions
D. Humans are evil and inherently destructive
The High Court’s interpretation of the constitution since Federation has tended to expand the power of the Commonwealth government while reducing the power of the states. True or false?
Which of the following are key liberal values?
C. The right to private property
D. All of the above
Which of the following is not a key characteristic of federal systems?
A. Multiple regions with their own set of governmental institutions;
B. Responsibilities of each level of government codified in a constitution;
C. One vote One value
D. Distribution of powers policed by independent judicial authority.
Pluralist and Marxist theories of power both argue that power is relatively evenly spread across society. True or False?
What are ‘constitutional conventions’? Give two examples of constitutional conventions in Australia.
Identify and briefly explain four core values of liberalism.
What is ideology?
Identify and briefly explain four advantages of a federal system of government.
Briefly outline and provide examples of the following three types of powers set out in the Australian Constitution:
What has been the significance of Section 96 of the Australian Constitution for the effective division of powers between the Commonwealth and State governments?
What is the ‘Doctrine of the Separation of Powers’?
Briefly define the following two terms:
(I) Individual ministerial responsibility
(II) Cabinet solidarity
How do liberal and socialist views of the role of government conflict?
Briefly explain three reasons why constitutional change in Australia has proven difficult.