Government in Australia
Almost everywhere in Australia you will have three levels of Government. There are the Federal or Commonwealth, State or Territory and local Governments. Only two levels exist in the Australian Capital Territory (Federal and Territory.)
Local Governments began to be established in the second half of the nineteenth century. It should be noted, though, that Local Government can only regulate, not legislate, as it is controlled by the laws of various State Government departments.
Despite the fact that the States only gave up specific powers to the Commonwealth in the contracts creating our Federation, the powers of the State and Federal Governments are now totally blurred. Changes to these contracts, and thus the Constitution, should only be made after being agreed to by the people through a referendum.
Slowly, by various means, the Federal Government has gained many of the powers that our Founders of Federation had withheld from it. Regardless of the constitutional issues this devious transfer of powers has led to the creation of many duplicated Government Departments with all of the subsequent additional costs.
Covering the entire Nation the Federal Government is lead by the Prime Minister and consists of the Senate, an Upper House that was designed to look after the interests of the various States and Territories and The House of Representatives a Lower House where most of our legislation is formulated and introduced.
Lead by a Premier or Chief Minister each of the States and Territories have different Parliamentary structures. There are 6 State Parliaments and two Territory Parliaments. New South Wales is made up of
With each lead by a Mayor or a Lord Mayor, there are 685* Local Government areas in Australia consisting of between 5 to 15 Councilors or Aldermen. In some Councils (Local Governments) the area is divided into sections called wards or ridings each with its own councilor.